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June 7, 2010—John Bramsen, a longtime member of the North Central College Board of Trustees, has been named a Life Trustee of the College.
Bramsen, of Chicago, has been a trustee of North Central College for 19 years. He has been a longtime member of the executive and liaison committees and has served as both chair and member of the academic affairs committee.
“His understanding of academia and wise counsel have been integral to building the College's academic enterprise,” the Board of Trustees said in a resolution naming him a Life Trustee. “Bramsen has been unselfish with his time and talents, enlightening many discussions over the years with his vast knowledge and good humor.”
Honored by North Central with the Gael D. Swing Award for Meritorious Service in 2000 and with an Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1996, Bramsen has long been a generous benefactor of the College and a champion of academics and the faculty. He endowed the Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professorship in the Humanities in memory of his parents. He generously supported the Leadership, Ethics and Values Program and the renovation of Old Main.
Bramsen majored in mathematics at North Central College, graduating with honors in 1960. He went on to earn a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois. During his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, he became interested in the application of math to sociological theory, which inspired much of his academic research as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado. He later returned to the Chicago area to work at Wheaton-based Spraying Systems Company, a business founded by his father.