December 5, 2019

Local dentist retires after 50 years

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STANDISH — Dr. Benjamin Brummer recently closed the doors to his practice for the last time after 50 years in the community.

Brummer, who retired at the end of the August, first opened his practice on June 15, 1969. Throughout that time his patients have included three to four different generations of families, as well as a few who patronized his practice the entire time he owned it.

Brummer and his wife, Audry raised three children in Standish — Matt, Mark and Maryalice — all of whom graduated from Standish-Sterling Central.

During his time in Standish, Brummer has been active in the community. He has been a member of the local Kiwanis club for the past 50 years, served on the Standish-Sterling School Board for eight years, coached little league for 10 years and was a member of the community hospital staff from 1969 until 2005.

Brummer was born in Ypsilanti and said that he moved around a lot when he was young, spending most of his childhood in Illinois. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1967, after which he enlisted in the Navy and served as a dentist attached to the Marine Corps until 1969.

Brummer said that at that time, he and Audrey began considering moving to northern Michigan because they were avid skiers. They began their search in the Traverse City area, but he said there was an influx of practices moving northward largely as a result of the 1967 Detroit Riots, and by the time they began looking, there were already 16 practices in the area. They began to look eastward and happened across a practice for sale by Bobby Jones at 117 E Cedar St. in Standish. Soon after, he opened the doors to his practice’s first location.

Brummer said that the decision to move to Standish proved to be a good decision.

“The people are great and the area is great,” Brummer said. “I enjoy hunting and fishing and had it alright here. We’ve enjoyed ourselves and feel fortunate that we found Standish.”

Brummer turns 79 on Wednesday, October 10. He said he is looking forward to taking some time to travel and visit his grandchildren, of which there are six, ages two through 24.

As he begins the next chapter of his life, Brummer looks back fondly on the last.

“I just want to thank everybody in the area for everything,” Brummer said.

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