Beloved Cosmetics & Toiletries Editor Bud Brewster Passes Away

Bud Brewster playing the piano during his presentation at the November 2006 MWSCC dinner meeting.
Bud Brewster playing the piano during his presentation at the November 2006 MWSCC dinner meeting.

Franklin "Bud" Brewster, former technical editor for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, passed away July 29, 2012, at the age of 69. As an editor for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, Brewster had an eye for cutting-edge cosmetic science; however, it was his friendly demeanor and passion for life that will make him sorely missed by many.

In 1997, Brewster joined Allured Business Media, publisher of Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, where he worked until his retirement in 2009. Although he started with the company as an associate editor, he later progressed into a seasoned technical editor, managing the peer review of technical articles and authoring the "Bench & Beyond" column.

"Bud had an endearingly inquisitive mind, which served him very well as technical editor for Cosmetics & Toiletries and beyond. He was a wonderful mentor and friend, and taught me to see not just what's on a page but what's not. Everything that Cosmetics & Toiletries is today was shaped in some way by him. He will be missed," said Rachel Grabenhofer, editor, Cosmetics & Toiletries.

In addition to the written word, music and bicycling were Brewster's other passions. A former member of the West Suburban Choral Union, he was also an entertaining pianist and enjoyed playing the cello. He was a classical radio host in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and held supporting roles with symphony management in Santa Barbara, California, USA, and several Midwestern states.

In the 1960s, Bud served his country in the Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., USA. He was also a longtime member of the Wheaton Kiwanis Club.

Beloved son of the late Margaret and Franklin Brewster, he is survived by his sister Kathleen (William) Hamilton of Montclair, New Jersey, USA; niece Alexandra Hamilton of Little Falls, New Jersey, USA; his lifelong friend Jean Gallup of Wheaton, Illinois, USA; and many people whose lives he touched with words and music.

The visitation will be held on Aug. 1, 2012 from 5–8 PM at the Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. Burial will be private. Memorials may be directed to the Kiwanis Club of Wheaton Charitable Foundation.

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