Bernhardt C. (Buzz) Drumm Jr. '63

Bernhardt Charles “Buzz” Drumm Jr. died on July 12 after a career that began as an FBI agent, and concluded with 27 years as a distinguished County Court judge in St. Louis.

Born in St. Louis, Buzz majored in economics at Amherst, graduating cum laude with a Harlan Fiske Stone prize. His fraternity was Beta Theta Pi, and he played baseball and squash and worked on the OLIO.

He returned to St. Louis to Washington University law school. At law school he met Carol Falkenhain, like Buzz from St. Louis. They married in 1966 then moved to Wisconsin. Buzz worked as an FBI agent and then as an assistant U.S. attorney fighting organized crime, while Carol studied at the University of Wisconsin.

In 1969 the couple returned to St. Louis. Buzz turned to a civil law practice. In 1982, he was elected a judge on the St. Louis County Circuit Court bench. He presided over criminal and civil trials. From 2001 to 2007 he headed the court’s probate division. He retired in 2009.

He served as an elder in St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church and as chair of the St. Louis Air Pollution Board. Buzz kept involved in Amherst as an alumni admissions advisor, Alumni Fund associate, and vice president of the St. Louis Amherst Association.

In his office he had a picture taken at a Cardinal’s game. It was of two umpires – one calling the runner out and the other calling him safe. He enjoyed the humor in the shot, but in his job he believed in the purity and integrity of the law. “Keeping that was important to him,” Carol told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Buzz and Carol were married 49 years. They had two daughters, Barbara and Elizabeth, and two sons, Steven and William, and seven grandchildren.

Neale Adams ’63