In Remembrance: Jonathan J. Bush ’53 Died on May 5 2021

Jonathan Bush, the last surviving sibling of the late president George H. W. Bush ’48, died on May 5, 2021, a day shy of his 90th birthday. His career was in finance, but he was also involved in his family members' political campaigns, including those of his brother and his nephews, George W. ’68 and Jeb Bush.

The Washington Post carried a full obituary on May 8, 2021.

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  • *Klaus Muller-Bergh ’59*
    *Klaus Muller-Bergh ’59*, 7:35pm September 04 2021 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    Klaus Muller-Bergh was born in Gütersloh, Westfallen, Germany, spent his early years in Bilbao, Spain, and came to the United States as a teenager. After graduating from High School with distinction, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. His education continued with a Master’s Degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from Yale University and a Fulbright Fellowship for one year of graduate studies in Portuguese language and Brazilian culture and Political Sciences at the PUC in Rio de Janeiro. Upon conclusion of the year abroad, Klaus returned to Yale to pursue advanced graduate studies and received a PhD in 1966. His teaching career started as an assistant Professor at Yale College in the fall of that year and lasted forty-one years.

    In 1971, he moved to Chicago with his young family to accept a tenured position as Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For 36 years he taught, researched, published and served in administrative positions while pursuing his interests in Latin American literature and culture. He lectured in several universities in several countries as a guest professor and participated in many national and international conferences.

    He authored 18 books, numerous articles and reviews in major literary publications in the United States and abroad; was awarded several research scholarships, participated in distinguished editorial boards, completed a series of 6 volumes on The Latin American Avant-Garde with G. Mendonça Teles, his Brazilian co-researcher, published by Editorial Vervürt, Spain. He was invited to be the Associate Editor with Carlos Solè for the Supplement I of The Latin American Writers series published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, NY. His life-long pursuit of Latin American letters was recognized by notable literary critics.

    On the 24th of June 2009, King Juan Carlos I of Spain awarded him the Orden de Isabel la Católica in recognition of his contributions toward the understanding of Spanish culture in Latin America.

    Throughout his life, Klaus Muller-Bergh was a passionate reader, avid traveler, who delighted in the company of his family, friends and numerous students at home and abroad

  • James B Martin
    James B Martin , 3:57pm September 18 2021 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    Jonathan was in the Yale Glee Club. I remember him as a delightful guy. I did not know him well but I liked
    him. Jim Martin ‘55

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