Mount Vernon News
  • Carl T. Brehm

  • February 14, 2011

GAMBIER — Carl T. Brehm, 86, of Gambier, died Feb. 10, 2011, at Riverside Hospital in the company of his family.

Carl was born in Corydon, Iowa, in 1925, and came of age during the Great Depression. His family had very little money, and during his high school years in Des Moines, he helped to support his mother and younger brother with his newspaper route and other work. At the age of 18, after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army, at the height of World War II. His unit saw heavy fighting and casualties in the South Pacific. He received several medals for valor, including the Bronze Star.

Following the war, Carl was able to attend college, thanks to the G.I. Bill. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Drake University in Iowa, and earned his Ph.D. in economics at Indiana University. He worked at the Federal Reserve in Cleveland, and taught for several years at Michigan State University.

Carl joined the Economics Department at Kenyon College in 1968. At Kenyon he taught introductory courses, money and banking, and seminars on industrial organization, health economics, government regulation, and sports economics. Throughout the years he served the college in various capacities, with leadership roles as faculty secretary, department chair, and chair of the social sciences division.

Carl always loved classical music. While at Drake, he met and married Lois Williams in 1948. At the time of Carl’s death they had been married for 62 years. Lois is an accomplished musician who is known by many in the Mount Vernon community for her 30 years as organist for the First Presbyterian Church. Lois also served on the adjunct music faculty at Kenyon College and the Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Carl retired in 1995, when Kenyon awarded him an honorary degree in humane letters. After his retirement, Carl served on the Gambier Village Council from 2000-2003, where he was a strong voice for fiscal conservatism. Carl enjoyed walking and was an avid reader, with a special love of history. He and Lois enjoyed reading about and discussing world events, both political and economic.

Carl is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, Barbara Brehm Curtis, husband Peter Curtis and their sons, Ian and Adam Curtis; and daughter, Susan Hall, husband Deke Hall, and their children, David and Jessie Hall. The family is planning a private memorial gathering. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Brehm Scholarship Fund Kenyon College, at the Office of Development, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 43022. This fund was created in 2007 by one of Carl’s students, Edward B. Schwartz of Solon, Ohio, to honor Carl.

The family will observe a private service at a later date. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Carl T. Brehm. To leave the family a condolence online visit

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