Henry J. Bruman, 91, a longtime UCLA geography professor who helped create a highly regarded map library and endowed concerts and other programs at the Westwood campus, died March 6 at his Westwood home of a heart attack.
A Berlin native who came to Los Angeles when he was 8, Bruman earned undergraduate degrees from UCLA in chemistry and geography before receiving a doctorate in geography from UC Berkeley in 1940.
He joined the UCLA faculty in 1945 and over the next four decades played a major role in the development of its geography department.
He headed the department from 1957 to 1962.
He was known as an expert in Latin American cultural-historical geography, plant geography and land use in the American West, and on the career of German nature researcher and explorer Alexander von Humboldt.