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80th Division Association Loses Its Beloved Historian

Edgar Bredbenner



ITHACA - Edgar E. "Dusty" Bredbenner Jr., 80, of 141 Honness Lane, died September 8, 2005 at Cayuga Medical Center. Born August 22, 1925, in Ithaca, he was the son of the late Edgar Sr. and Mrs. Bredbenner. A decorated veteran of World War II, he was dedicated to his family, his community, and his alma mater, Ithaca College.


Dusty entered the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and served with distinction under General George Patton in the 80th Division. Seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, he was recognized for his valor with three Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, four Battle Stars, a Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. He continued to be active in the U.S. Army's 80th Division Veterans Association, for which he served as commander and historian.


Following the war, Dusty studied at Ithaca College, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in management. He was a member of the first group of students to graduate from the College's newly established four-year program in business. While attending the College he participated on the lacrosse team and was a member of Kappa Psi Alpha fraternity.


Dusty spent his professional career in banking, retiring as vice president of the Dryden branch of the First Federal Savings and Loan.


Dusty was a member of the Ithaca College Alumni Association Board of Directors since 1951, serving as treasurer from 1951-1965 and president from 1966-1968. He was an Alumni Representative to the Ithaca College Board of Trustee from 1970-1975.


An enthusiastic fan and strong supporter of Ithaca College's athletic programs, Dusty co-founded and served as president of the Sports Booster Club, now known as the Ithaca Fund for Athletics. He was inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, and he maintained his active involvement by serving on the Athletics & Events Center Volunteer Committee.


For his lifelong friendship and support of Ithaca College he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983, and for his outstanding service to the Board of Trustees he was presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree from the College.


Among his numerous community activities, Dusty chaired the City of Ithaca Youth Bureau and the Ithaca Youth Advisory Council and was treasurer of the Greater Ithaca Recreation Council. He was also active in the Elks Club and American Legion, as well as with the local, state, and national associations of accountants.


His wife, Barbara J. Northrop Bredbenner, predeceased Dusty.


Survivors include his sister, Jeanne Hull; brother-in-law, Hal Northrop; and sister-in-law, Charlotte Northrop; along with several nieces and nephews.


Calling hours will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at Wagner Funeral Home, 421 N Aurora St., Ithaca. A memorial service followed by a reception with the family will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, in the Hockett Receital Hall [Whalen Center] at Ithaca College. Reverend Jacquie Lewis will be officiating.


Memorial Contributions may be made to the Ithaca Fund for Athletics c/o Kristen Ford, 231 Alumni Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850, OR the World War II Memorial, WWII Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 3051, Calverton, NY 11933.




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