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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Raymond Bruzan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946, in Chicago, IL

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Illinois Connection

Chicago born Ray Bruzan grew up in the Southern Illinois community of Mt. Vernon. He holds degrees from Southern Illinois University, Illinois State University, and the University of Illinois-Springfield. During a 42 year teaching career, Ray taught at Lanphier High School and Ursuline Academy in Springfield, and completed his last five years as a chemistry professor at Benedictine University-Springfield. He was the 1990 Educator of the Year for Springfield Schools. Ray and his wife Pamela have lived in Rochester for the past 47 years.

Ray is a non-fiction author of central Illinois history. He has also authored a children's book with a Rochester Township Sangamon County setting.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ray Bruzan has authored articles in the Journal of Chemical Education, the American Biology Teacher, and Illinois Times

He wrote the Orange Judd Historic Walking Tour Guide of the Historic Homes of Rochester, IL in 2015. The book received an Award of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society. The companion book describing the historic farms of Rochester Township is due for publication in 2018.

Ray and his wife Pam Bruzan co-wrote in 2018 the book Cotton, Violins, and Shots in the Night- A Timeline Visit to Rochester, IL. The authors received in 2018 an Award of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society. Ray also wrote in 2018 the children's book The Ghost Train of Lost Bridge Trail.


Award of Excellence, Illinois State Historical Society, 2018

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. Stories from the book Cotton,Violins,& Shots in the Night-A Timeline Visit to Rochester,IL are told with a 30-40 minute Power Point Presentation designed for audiences of all sizes. A book signing and sale follows the program. Long distance travel may require fees.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Cotton, violins & shots in the night :
ISBN: 9780999314609. OCLC Number: 1006913049

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Presents a chronological history of the history of Rochester, Illinois.