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Edmund “Pete” Eisenbraun, 95, passed away on July 29, 2016, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles. Pete was born on Dec. 10, 1920, near Wewela, South Dakota, to Elizabeth (Hermann) and Julius Eisenbraun. He was one of nine children. Pete graduated from high school in Rapid City, South Dakota, where he was inspired by his chemistry teacher, Mr. E.R. Punty, to then work in a laboratory at Consolidated Feldspar in Keystone, South Dakota. As a member of the South Dakota National Guard 109th Engineer Regiment, his unit was called into active service in World War II. The 109th joined the 34th Infantry division in January 1941. In 1942, Pete was deployed to Camp Kiladees in Northern Ireland. Several months later, the 34th Infantry entered the Mediterranean Theater of Operations with the II Corps of the Fifth Army. He fought in Algiers and Tunisia North Africa for nine months. Pete was then moved with the Fifth Army to Italy in 1943, where he fought in battles including Salerno beachhead, Voturno River crossing, Monte Cassino, Anzio beachhead, Rome, Florence, Bologna, PO valley, and Milan. In May of 1945, he returned to the United States. Always proud of his service, Pete’s oral history of wartime experiences is on deposit with the Library of Congress. Using the GI Bill, Pete graduated in 1949 with a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in Chemistry. He then received his MS in 1951 and his Ph.D. in 1955 in chemistry. Dr. Eisenbraun then continued post-doctoral organic chemistry studies at Wayne State University in Michigan and Stanford University in California, under Dr. Carl Djerassi. As the senior research associate, Dr. Djerassi asked Dr. Eisenbraun to oversee the design and construction of his new Stanford laboratory, while Djerassi was working in Mexico. The studies from Dr. Djerassi’s Mexico field work led to the development of the birth control pill. Dr. Eisenbraun moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1962 and joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Oklahoma State University. There he served as Professor and Regents Professor until 1987. Dr. Eisenbraun continued organic chemistry research as a Regents Professor Emeritus until 2002. On a more personal note, Edmund “Pete” Eisenbraun married Joyce Marie Abrahamson, M.D., on August 20, 1949. The couple had three daughters. After Pete and Joyce retired from professional lives, they moved in 2003 to Lexington, Kentucky. Pete spent over 10 years helping his daughter, Ellen, maintain her family horse farm, Twin Fox Farm, in Versailles. Pete and his wife, Joyce, were members of Christ United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY. Pete Eisenbraun is survived by one daughter, Ellen Fitzgerald and her husband, Michael, of Versailles; granddaughter Kathleen Fitzgerald, also of Versailles; granddaughter Erinn Fitzgerald Carter; son-in-law Thomas Carter, and great-granddaughter, Hayden Carter. The Carters reside in Savannah, Georgia. Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Eisenbraun M.D., daughter Greta Eisenbraun M.D., and daughter Ann Jean Eisenbraun M.D. A memorial service celebrating Edmund “Pete” Eisenbraun will be held on Saturday August 13, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Southern Hills United Methodist Church, 2356 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY. Pastor Randy Maynard from Christ United Methodist Church will officiate. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 2341 Tulsa Road, Lexington, KY 40503. Or contributions can be made to the music studies scholarship Pete and Joyce set up in honor of their daughter, Greta: The Greta J. Eisenbraun Scholarship Fund 22-42600, OSU foundation, 400 South Monroe, Stillwater, OK 74074. (Paid obituary)

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