Not surprisingly, Bruce has the same response when he’s asked about Alzheimer’s, a cognitive disease that has hit his family hard. It’s why he has devoted the remainder of his life to helping find a cure through philanthropy.
Some might find it illogical to give back to the university that fired you.
But Bruce, who still lives in Columbus, has always considered himself a member of Buckeye Nation. He believes in his alma mater’s research prowess, and if the money he raises can help ensure other families can avoid watching loved ones deteriorate, then it is effort well spent.
Alzheimer’s missed the four boys in the Bruce family, but both girls were affected. It struck Bruce’s younger sister, Bev, in her prime.
“It’s not memory so much, but it’s when you go out to your car and you go to go home, and you don’t make it. You don’t know where to go,” recalls Earle.
That happened to Bruce’s father, Earle Sr., and Bruce had to go pick him up in town after his mother became frantic. His dad was the first in the family to experience Alzheimer’s, but for a long time, Bruce was oblivious to his condition.