Alumni Service Award – Reunion 2016
If Bruce Bristol wasn’t the all-time most-active Drew student on campus, and hasn’t been our most engaged alumnus, he must be close. His list of service to Drew is astounding.
Commuting from Bruce’s home in Wayne, New Jersey did not keep him from campus involvement. While majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology, Bruce led the Commuter Club, was active in Student Council and Green Key, was class vice-president in both his last two years, and played volleyball on the commuters’ team with students who are still his friends.
Upon graduation, Bruce joined Travelers Insurance. He returned there after two years in the Army, then moved on to Home Life of New York. Since then, he has worked with several insurance companies, including Guardian Life, Connecticut General, and New England Financial. Along the way, he earned several advanced certificates in his field, and has been active in numerous professional societies. By 1996, he was running his own detached office as president of Bristol Financial Services in Ledgewood, New Jersey, and currently is connected with Guardian Life. He relishes his work – it keeps him learning all the time, seeing people through difficult times, helping them develop their lives and prepare for the future. Every day, he says, is new.
When a recent graduate, Bruce thought Drew phonathons would be a great way to connect with his friends, and he has participated since 1969. That was just the beginning. He has been active in CAA as Alumni Board secretary; chaired the Alumni Development Committee for 10 years; established a planned giving program for Drew Trustees; counseled with Drew presidents, staff, and faculty; and helped alumni and advancement staff with planning and educational meetings. He has been active in DART, in intern programs, and in mock interviews for students. He is a member of the Dendros Society, the Drew Society, and the New Founders Society. He has been Class Agent, and Class Host at Reunions. Anyone who has worked in Alumni House knows Bruce as a frequent, calm and smiling visitor, and he has always come to help.
Bruce has also volunteered in church, Scouts, and local organizations, in addition to Drew. He and his wife, Judith, live in Landing, New Jersey, a part of Roxbury, where Judith is a School Nurse. Their daughter, Daari Daniels C’99, teaches fourth grade in Denville, and is close enough for them to see her two children often. Their son, Bruce Jr., a defense contractor, lives near Boston.