The Committed Self : The Public Career of Donald J Bruggink

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Norman J. Kansfield


Donald J. Bruggink is a man of fervent commitments. Some of those commitments are personal. Don has been and continues to be devoted to Erma VanRoekel Bruggink and to their two sons—Donald Ian (born 1957, died in 1983) and John Gerrit (born 1960). Don's family ties are worthy of our admiration. They and a number of other personal relationships (some of which Mary and I have been privileged to share with Don and Erma) could provide stacks of evidence bearing witness to the tender, caring person that Don is. But Don grew up in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, among devout Dutch-immigrant stock. That means that he would be embarrassed if much of his private life were used to celebrate the importance of his career. I therefore leave, with great reluctance, the really savory stuff for some later biographer, while I celebrate Don's public and professional commitments to teaching, to history, to worship, and to justice.

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Kansfield, N. J. (1999). The Committed Self : The Public Career of Donald J Bruggink. Reformed Review, 52(3), 189-195. Retrieved from
Bruggink, Donald J.; Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Mich.); Reformed Church in America -- Biography