September 28, 2010

Milton J. Brawer: Pioneering Ombuds

Milton J. Brawer, who established one of the first University Ombuds programs in the United States, passed away on September 8 at the age of 84. Brawer served as the University Ombudsman at Western Michigan University from 1970 to 1974.

Brawer's reflection on his work as an Ombuds, "Notes of a Novice Ombudsman," was published by The Journal of Higher Education in 1973. He described his day-to-day work as part detective, personal advisor, listener, red-tape cutter, and expediter. Brawer earned his bachelor's degree at Harvard and PHD at Columbia. He was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at WMU from 1960 until he retired in 1995. (Western Herald; Journal of Higher Education.)

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