Service for reporter killed by Muni train

February 25, 2009 9:59:21 AM PST
Longtime Oakland Tribune reporter William Brand will be remembered Wednesday at a memorial service at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.

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Brand, 70, died Friday as a result of injuries he suffered on Feb. 8 when he was struck by a San Francisco Municipal Railway train.

Brand worked for the Tribune for 27 years, covering crime, Berkeley, science, business and other subjects. He retired from full-time late last year but was still writing a popular beer column at the time of his death.

Before working at the Tribune, Brand worked at the Contra Costa Times and the Alameda Times-Star.

After Brand died, Tribune Editor Martin G. Reynolds said he was "the high-energy, high-strung super savvy guy who could write as well as he could report."

Reynolds said, "You never worried if Bill was on a story because you knew when it was done it would be complete and enjoyable to read."

Harry Harris, the Tribune's most senior reporter, said Brand "has worn many hats for the Tribune and he's worn all of them very well."

Temple Isaiah is located at 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. The service is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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