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Emeritus Faculty: Roy Bronander


B.S., Southwest Texas State College

M.A., Southwest Texas State College

Ph.D., University of Arizona

At A Glance

Started 1971
Classes Taught Basic Integrated Science, Biology, Genetics, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Independent Study: Microbiology
Department Science
Retired 1995


Bronander, Roy O. Cardiovascular and Hemodynamic Variations of the Immediate Postburn Period. MA thesis. Southwest Texas State University,1966. Print.

Bronander, Roy O. Electrophoretic Examination and Oxygen Capacities of Hemoglobins in Arizona Cotton Rats (sigmodon Sp.). Diss. University of Arizona, 1970. Print.

Functional Anatomy of the Brain. 1984. VHS.

Functional Anatomy of the Spinal Cord. 1984. VHS.

Golden, Barry, and Roy Bronander. Functional Anatomy. 1984. VHS.

Additional Information

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  • List of written works published, public artwork, music written and performed

Yavapai College Career

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Dr. Roy Bronander started at the college in 1971 in the Science Department.  During his career here he taught Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Genetics, Independent Study, and Microbiology.  He was a beloved instructor by his students and continually sought ways to improve their learning experiences in his classroom.


Dr. Bronander was the first community college professor to be willed a cadaver for use in his teaching. He received many through the years and used them with students in Independent Study classes and in Anatomy and Physiology. He always insisted on great respect for the cadavers.

He developed a multi-media technology to electronically display microscopic tissue images in 1995.  This was cutting-edge technology at the college.  Instead of students taking turns looking at a microscope, the entire class was able to see the image being examined together.  This was a breakthrough learning experience for the students.  In his own words, 

"The learning process in the lab utilizes special tables we designed to support a microscope-camera-monitor system used by teams of four students. We designed a compact arrangement that electronically transmits a high resolution microscopic image at each table. The great part is that students at each table see the same thing at the same time, and both instructor and students can use a joy-stick (electronic pointer) to indicate the structure under discussion. Students working as teams actively discuss the high-resolution, full-color video images. This results in quicker, in-depth understanding of complex structures and physiological processes. Tables are networked so other teams can be involved with the same image and related discussion. Videotaped and computer processed images can be produced as learning aids". Credit:The Daily Courier, 4/14/1995, p.10A.

Testimonials from Students, Faculty, and Staff:

  • “I can’t tell you how fascinating the mudpuppy and turtle heart labs were. How else can you actually see RBC’s circulating through glomeruli? You were a fascinating teacher, one in which I hold the utmost respect.”
  • “You offered us not only a vast collection of knowledge, for those that bothered to reach out for it, but also a refreshing lesson in truth, integrity, and personal insight.” 
  • “You have touched my life.”
  • “He was unlike any instructor I had known and I wanted to absorb everything he knew. I loved the challenge and looked forward to every class.”
  • “If we took anything away from his classes it was the kind of integrity he had that he wanted us to absorb and practice in our own lives. He said that each of us was the representative of Yavapai College…”
  • “Dr. Bronander was a generous and knowledgeable instructor & always had my gratitude and respect. I’ve never experienced a better teacher in any subject."
  • “I loved his energy, enthusiasm, and his dedication to his students. He cannot be replaced.” (former Science Department Secretary)
  • “I remember that he liked to show the "power" of microbiology by "brewing" sauerkraut and root beer in the lab all semester, and then serving them during the last day of class.  He was the most dedicated instructor that I knew at YC … His loss left a big hole in our department.” (Beth Boyd, Geology Instructor)

Committee Work:

  • Chairman of the Biology Dept. for several years
  • Curriculum Committee 1975/76
  • Division Chair 1974/75


  • Dr. B (as students called him) won the Excellence in Teaching award at Yavapai College in 1974
  • The Dr. Roy Bronander Science Bowl was named in his honor in 1996
    • It was the 16th annual Science Bowl and he was there to receive this honor
  • Numerous plaques of appreciation from nursing students
  • A plaque from the District Governing Board for 25 years of exemplary service to Yavapai College, May 1996
  • The Roy Bronander Scholarship for nursing students was established in 1998 with donations from family and friends
  • A plaque in the Science Building lobby honoring Dr. Bronander was presented to the college

Community Service:

  • Chairman of the Arizona Biological Conference for the 1973/1974 year; he also chaired the steering committee
  • Active in his church “Willow Hills Baptist Church” teaching Bible study classes, taking many teen boys to the Grand Canyon, playing the organ, singing in the choir, and being a deacon in the church

Dr. Bronander retired in 1995 and was recognized as Emeritus Faculty February, 1997.

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