1988-89 ARTBA Chairman M. O. “Mully” Brenden died Sept. 20, 2015, his 80th birthday.
Mully became active in ARTBA through the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, which he led as its elected president in 1977. With ARTBA, he served in many leadership capacities, including long-time service on the ARTBA Board of Directors, the association’s Executive, Long-Range Planning & Finance and Membership Development committees, and as president of the ARTBA Contractors Division.
In 1986, Mully was elected and served two years as ARTBA Central Region Vice Chairman. He was elected ARTBA chairman in 1988. He was given the ARTBA award, our association’s highest honor, for his leadership on the national highway bill (ISTEA) passed by Congress in 1991.
ARTBA President Pete Ruane described Mully as a “great ARTBA and industry leader.”
He began his road building career at L.G. Arnold, Inc., in his native Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In 1976, Mully bought a portion of the company and started Brenden Construction, Inc., which specialized in the bridge market. Mully later began a crane and pile driving equipment rental business, Eau Claire Leasing, with his brother and son.
In 1992, he entered the public sector, serving as highway commissioner for Dunn County, Wisconsin, until his retirement in 2012.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that tax deductible donations be made to the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) to establish a college scholarship fund in his name. Donations can be sent to: ARTBA-TDF, The ARTBA Building, 1219 28th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Mully’s wife of 60 years, Barb, and the entire Brenden family.