Arthur F. Bruhn

Education

Arthur F. Bruhn (1916-1964)

was born in Parowan, Utah, and grew up in that area. He attended the University of Utah for three years before enrolling at Brigham Young University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees, and later continued work towards a Ph.D. at the University of Utah.

In his early education career, he served as principal in Cannonville, Utah, and then taught in Iron County before coming to Dixie. He had a great love for the scenic beauty of southern Utah and during the summer worked as a park ranger in the National Parks system. He was a fine photographer and writer. As a member of the Utah State Parks and Recreation Commission, he was instrumental in getting Snow Canyon designated as a state park. From 1954-64, he served as the ninth president of Dixie College.

Loved by students and faculty alike, perhaps a more devoted president was not known at Dixie. When Governor J. Bracken Lee visited the campus to announce that Dixie College would be closed, President Bruhn showed him the new Dixianna Dormitory built entirely with community funds, presented him deeds for a new campus and told him of his dreams. Governor Lee stated, “If this community wants Dixie College that badly, they should have it.” If it had not been for his presidency and the efforts of key community leaders, Dixie College would not exist today. Despite his great capacity as president, he was first a teacher and though he was known to be a “hard teacher,” he inspired hundreds of students to continue their education and to do their best. He and his wife, the former Lorna Chamberlain, are the parents of three daughters and one son.