MANHATTAN, KA. – Darrell D. Brensing, longtime educator at the American Institute of Baking, died Feb. 9. He was 86 years old.
Dr. Brensing was a lifelong Kansan, born in Great Bend, Kansas, in 1935 and a Manhattan resident since 1969. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hutchinson Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hays State, a Master of Arts from Pittsburg State University and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.
He began his professional career as an Industrial Arts teacher at Hutchinson Public Schools in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1957. He then initiated the first cooperative distributive education program in the Hutchinson Public School System and has was recognized as the “Father of Vocational Education” at Hutchinson as he began numerous vocational training programs while working there.
In 1969 he was hired as principal of Manhattan Area Vocational Technical School, now known as Manhattan Area Technical College. He held this position for seven years and was credited with establishing many innovative programs for the school. In January 1976, he took a break from education and entered the banking industry, joining Walt and Alan Bell as Vice President of Citizens State Bank.
Dr. Brensing returned to the field of education in 1977, when he joined the American Institute of Baking as director of education when the institute moved from Chicago to Manhattan. He was later promoted to vice president of education and would spend 20 years at AIB.
According to his family, Dr. Brensing’s greatest satisfaction was helping young men and women find jobs and seeing them succeed in rewarding careers. To this end, he is the author of the book “Marketing Yourself, Making the Most of What You’ve Got”. He dedicated this book to his grandchildren in case he is not there to help them in their job search when they need his advice and advice.
Survivors include his wife Pat of Manhattan; son Doug Brensing and wife Roxanne of Lenexa, Kan.; daughter Kelly Brensing White and husband Tim of Manhattan; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents Jakie and Hulda Brensing, his brother Myron Brensing and his grandson Tyler White.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Nursery School or the Meadowlark Foundation. Contributions may be left in the care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
A celebration of life is planned for a later date.