Dr. Bruce Drury
Dr. Bruce Drury, 83, of Beaumont, died Saturday, September 24, 2022, at his home. He was born on January 2, 1939, in Fullerton, Nebraska, to Ada Marjorie McGuire and Howard Raymond Drury.
During college, Dr. Drury was a walk-on for the University of Nebraska football team, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960. He then joined the United States Navy, serving on the USS Princeton as a navigator until 1963. After serving, he taught and coached football at the local high school in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Bruce later earned a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate from the University of Florida. Dr. Drury began teaching political science at Lamar University in 1971. He served on the Lamar University Faculty Senate for many years and was the faculty advisor for the Lamar Student Government Association. He received many awards including Regents’ Professor in 1992, the Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award in 1993, SGA Professor of the Year in 1996, and the Phi Kappa Phi Teacher of the Year in 1999. Bruce was formally designated a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Lamar University in May of 2005.
Outside the classroom he was involved with the Lamar Youth Swim Team and Big Thicket Association. Bruce was Precinct 4 Chairman and also assisted with elections and student voter registration.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Drury; children: Michael Raymond Drury and his fiancée, Debbie Lognion; Joan Marie Schiesler and her husband, Paul; and Jonathan Wade Drury and his wife Amy; grandchildren: Ryan William Schiesler and his wife, Hannah; Kirk Edward Schiesler and his wife, Kristin; Hannah Marie Drury; and Aaron Hollis Drury; great-grandchildren: Jackson, Grayson, and Luke Schiesler; and sisters: Gwen Neumann; Linda Shafer and her husband, Don; and Jean Supencheck and her husband, Rodney.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lamar University Athletics Department, P.O. Box 10066, Beaumont, Texas 77710; Aphasia Lab, Lamar University Speech and Hearing Clinic, P.O. Box 10076, Beaumont, Texas 77710; Big Thicket Association, 7 00 North Street Suite 79, Beaumont, Texas 77701; or an organization of one’s choice.
A memorial service for Dr. Drury will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 30, 2022, at St. John Lutheran Church, 2955 South Major Drive, Beaumont. Cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.
St. John Lutheran Church
- 2955, S Major Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77707,
- September 30, 2022
- 11:00 am