The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

August 28, 2012

Robert Brueckner, former president of St. John’s in Joplin, dies

— Robert G. Brueckner, 69, president of St. John’s Regional Medical Center from 1994 to 1998, died Monday after a one-year illness.

His daughter, Wendy Brueckner, said services are being arranged by Parker Mortuary, Joplin. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Joplin. Military rites will be performed at the church.

In a statement released Tuesday, Gary Pulsipher, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital Joplin, said, “The St. John’s and Mercy family here in Joplin are saddened by the news that former President and CEO Bob Brueckner has passed away.

“Our staff will remember Bob as a man who cared about the Joplin community and worked diligently for the benefit of the ministry and people of St. John’s, during his tenure as CEO from 1994 to 1998. His family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.’’

His wife, Nina, said Brueckner was visited at Freeman Hospital West by many local doctors and hospital administrators in the days before his death.

Brueckner came to Joplin in 1993 from San Jose (Calif.) Medical Center where he had served as president and CEO since 1986. He was the executive vice president and chief financial officer of that medical center for the previous 10 years.

Before that, Brueckner held administrative positions at hospitals in Downey, Livermore and Burlingame, all in California. He held a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of California.

Among his accomplishments during his tenure at St. John’s were the construction of a public medical library and the second of two office buildings on the medical center’s main campus in Joplin. Virtually all of that campus was destroyed by the tornado on May 22, 2011.

He also worked to improve the medical services offered to communities within the region.

The Brueckner family lives in Joplin.

Text Only
Local News
  • Carthage prepares for Marian Days

    The 37th annual Marian Days celebration will start in two weeks, and planning is well under way for the event that will bring tens of thousands of Catholics of Vietnamese descent to Carthage.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: It’s not Mayberry, but Carthage is close

    When I was a kid, I wanted to live in Mayberry. In a way, I suppose I still want to live in Mayberry, the fictional town featured in the classic Andy Griffith show of the 1960s.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miami council waives fees for barbecue event

    The Miami City Council voted Tuesday to waive $3,750 in usage fees for Miami Elks Lodge No. 1320 for an upcoming barbecue championship at the Miami Fairgrounds.

    July 23, 2014

  • Joplin couple indicted in child porn case

    A federal grand jury indicted a Joplin couple Wednesday for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a preceding indictment of the husband for allegedly producing and distributing child pornography.

    July 23, 2014

  • Galena council rescinds landfill decisions

    The Galena City Council voted Wednesday to rescind decisions it made two weeks ago regarding a proposed landfill at Riverton.

    July 23, 2014

  • Missouri attorney general defends his support of Amendment 1

    With a large cornfield behind him and campaign signs all around, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster appeared Wednesday at the David Collard farm to tout Amendment 1, an Aug. 5 ballot measure that would make the “right to farm” part of the state constitution.

    July 23, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin man to stand trial in accident case

    A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.

    July 22, 2014

  • Pseudoephedrine sales in Pittsburg to require prescription

    Starting Friday, those who purchase pseudoephedrine and related products in Pittsburg will need a prescription to do so.

    July 22, 2014

  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read


Have you ever served as a volunteer for your state's conservation department?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter