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Otterbein Towers: Legacy of Service to Others - the Bremers

Otterbein Towers: Legacy of Service to Others - The Bremers


Editor's Note: This and other stories appear in the Summer 2017 edition of Otterbein Towers Magazine, available online now.

“Out of the 13 who went to Otterbein, four became teachers, four were in medical careers and one was an engineer.” That’s how Dr. Dan Bremer ’70 started the discussion about his family.

“We have all enjoyed our careers; we have all worked hard at it and overachieved,” he added.

Dan and his wife, Regina (Reg) Parcels Bremer ’70, serve on the Alumni Council and are proud of their family’s legacy at Otterbein. Their son, Benjamin Bremer ’98, followed in their footsteps, the first of a new generation to attend Otterbein.

“He played football, had an internship and took classes at the same time,” said Dan. “He was hired by the company where he interned. He had a job the minute he graduated.”

The Bremers are not only hard-working and accomplished, they are also devoted to making the lives of those around them better. Whether educating, healing, or providing funds for Otterbein students to achieve their potentials, the Bremers have touched many lives.

Their Otterbein legacy started with their aunt, Marion Bremer Hartley ’34; father, Dr. Louis Bremer ’39; and mother, Carrie Harris Bremer ’39.

“My parents both went to Otterbein. All of us boys were high achievers in school and had opportunities to go to any school, but the only school we ever applied to — all four of us — was Otterbein. We all were accepted, graduated, achieved,” Dan said.

“We all enjoyed the academic part of college, but we were also very involved in sorority and fraternity life and had a lot of friends,” said Dan.

“I always say at Otterbein, when you walk up the steps toward the entrance to Towers, you cannot walk on any one of those sidewalks without meeting someone you know. That’s the way the whole college is — friendly,” said Reg.

“It feels good to have a new generation at Otterbein. You know teenagers — they don’t want the same things their parents did. To have them choose our alma mater means a lot. There was a commonality we could share, which was great,” said Reg.

Dan and Reg also had something in common with the previous generation — heading to Uptown Westerville for dates. “Back in the 1930s, my parents had no money. When they did, they would go to Route 3 and get a cold fudge sundae at William’s Grill. It was still open in the 1960s, and we went there,” said Dan.

Because Otterbein was such a special place to the Bremers, the family established the Bremer Family Endowed Scholarship.

“Our educations have been so beneficial to us and provided us with such a wonderful life. Being able to give something back to other people is something we don’t think twice about. [Recipients] we’ve talked with seem so grateful that we support them,” said Dan.

“We are fortunate we are in the position to give back,” added Reg. “Otterbein is part of the Bremer family life. It’s tradition.”

Read the entire Summer 2017 edition of Otterbein Towers Magazine online now.