Peter L. Brune, 65

Air Force colonel

November 20, 2006

Peter L. Brune, a retired Air Force colonel who spent 17 years working as a programs manager for Westinghouse and Northrop Grumman Corp., died of lung cancer Nov. 12 at his home in Odenton. He was 65.

Born and raised in Hyannis, Mass., he attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., on a football scholarship, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology.

After graduating, he began his 22-year Air Force career at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

He was an aircraft maintenance officer and logistician and went on to serve in leadership roles at bases around the world and at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon.

Colonel Brune served tours in Guam and Thailand during the Vietnam War, and in England as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force.

He went to work for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum - later taken over by Northrop Grumman - after retiring from the Air Force in 1985.

Among the projects he worked on was the Airborne Early Warning and Control System.

He retired from the company in 2003.

He met his wife, the former Pamela H. Lowe, while working for the company in 1988. Both were going through marriage separations at the time, she said.

His earlier marriage to Lorraine E. Macpherson ended in divorce.

Mrs. Brune said her husband enjoyed traveling, sailing on the Chesapeake, skiing, golf and sports with family and friends.

She said he fought lung cancer for more than four years, surviving far longer than doctors had projected.

"I thought the gift we were given were those four years, and we lived every minute of them to the fullest," Mrs. Brune said.

Funeral services were Friday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Randall of Alta Loma, Calif.; two sons, Michael Lastovic of Guntersville, Ala., and Craig Brune of Mount Sinai, N.Y.; a stepson, Gregory Lowe of Odenton; and eight grandchildren.

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