Hugh D. Brauer accomplished much for his community while serving on Munster’s Police Commission and Town Council.
Charlotte Brauer, his wife of 58 years, said he urged the town to adopt a state law requiring businesses receiving tax breaks to pay for new construction or equipment to donate a portion of that cost to public art. Munster now has 19 sculptures.
Brauer was greatly responsible for Munster receiving private property which is now a beautiful public park on Calumet Avenue.
Supportive of the arts, Brauer, while living in Miller, helped the Gary Artist League obtain tax dollars to fund a club house for art exhibits and lectures, enabling them to expand their art classes.
Actively involved in the Munster Rotary, Brauer also chaired many events, receiving the international Rotary’s prestigious Paul Harris Award.
“He said ‘You can’t just take from the community you live in; you have to give back,’” she said.
Brauer, 83, formerly of Munster, served two years in the U.S. Army.
A Northwest Indiana attorney for more than 50 years, Brauer was always a one-man firm practicing general law.
Charlotte Brauer describes her husband as having an “intelligent and calm laid-back manner.”
“I always asked his advice,” she said. “He would say ‘Do what you think is right and don’t worry about pleasing others.’”
The couple met at Indiana University. They enjoyed attending and supporting the Chicago and Northwest Indiana Symphonies and traveling to foreign countries.
“We mostly traveled to Europe,” Charlotte Brauer said. “Whenever we went he would enjoy having coffee at a local café. He said you learn so much more about the people in the country there.”
Brauer moved to Chicago two years ago. It gave him more time to spend with his granddaughters.
Charlotte Brauer said his daughters loved and greatly respected their father who was always there to listen to them.