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In Memoriam



Amy (Eggertsen) Bruce   (August 18, 2007)

I was very saddened yesterday to learn of the recent passing of an old friend, Amy Bruce.  When I knew her in the 1990s, she was Amy Eggertsen.  Amy was an architect with my firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), and worked on the Westside Light Rail project in Portland, Oregon.  I met her when she worked in the project office, but a few years later in 1994, she joined the PB office in downtown Portland, where I was located. 


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Amy was one of the kindest persons I've ever known and I always liked being around her, though she and I were just friends.  She was cheerful, intelligent, creative, thoughtful, mature beyond her years, and I never heard her say anything bad about anyone.  Her smile lit up a room, she was always positive and was nice to everyone.  Her cheerfulness was not only contagious but also inspiring, and from her, I learned to be kinder and more compassionate.  Simply put, Amy was a bundle of sunshine and she touched the heart of every person she knew. 


Occasionally, Amy and I had lunch in downtown Portland and we'd usually talk about traveling or our mutual passion for photography.  Interestingly, she enjoyed riding motorcycles, which always intrigued me since she was such a sensitive, quiet and gentle person.  She had a spirit of adventure and was unlike anyone I'd ever met. 


Amy decided to leave PB in late 1995 and I was sorry to see her go.  She joined Otak, a consulting firm in nearby Lake Oswego, Oregon, and we lost touch.  Last summer, after my world travels and my work in Seattle, I moved back to Oregon and joined Otak.  I hoped that Amy was still there, but I learned that she had moved on.  I didn't know where she was, but it was nice to think that we would probably cross paths again someday.  Sadly, though, we never did.  


Although I haven't seen Amy since 1995, her passing deeply saddened me, a testament to what a special person she was.  I was happy to learn, though, that during these past 12 years, she married a good man and had a beautiful daughter.  As my way of commemorating the life of this kind and generous person, I'm posting a few pictures of Amy on this page, which I took at the 1993 Parsons Brinckerhoff summer picnic. 


Iíll never see her wonderful smile again, but it will live on forever in my heart.  I was very fortunate to know Amy, and I will greatly miss her.




Above left:  Amy (center).  That's my boss Glen and his wife watching the softball game.

Above right:  Amy and her friend Deneen talking behind the batting cage.