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PUEBLA, MEXICO/COON VALLEY — David L. Brye passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, at his home in Puebla and his ashes will be brought to San Miguel, Tzihacapan, for burial.

He was born May 22, 1938, to Emil and Alice (Stromstad) Brye of Coon Valley. David graduated valedictorian from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., high school. He received a National Merit Scholarship and attended St. Olaf College. He got Danforth and Woodrow Wilson Fellowships to Harvard, where he received his M.A. and PhD.

David taught history at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and in Mexico at schools in Mexico City, Monterrey and Puebla. While at Luther College, he led a study group to Nottingham, England. In 1969, David visited Mexico and fell in love with the country. For the next 12 years, he visited Mexico every summer and on holidays, until he permanently relocated to Mexico in 1981. He left teaching to create, organize and direct work-study programs for various schools in the U.S. His home in Puebla became a place for numerous Mexican children, as he helped them get an education and find employment.

David spent much of his life as a humanitarian to San Miguel, Tzihacapan and surrounding areas. He spent many happy years transforming the lives of young people and inspiring those who were part of his study abroad programs.

David is survived by two brothers, Melvin and Joseph (Sonia); and two sisters, Sue (Ralph) Frydenlund and Liz (Gordon) Hellwig; and nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Robert; and Robert’s wife, Verna.

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