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Dennis Brophy

Dr. Dennis Richard Brophy, 75, of Powell, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly on September 23, 2020.  

Dennis was born on August 6, 1945 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Floyd H. Brophy and Phyllis M. Brophy (Larish).  After graduating from Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin in 1963, Dennis went on to get his BA and MA degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in 1967 and 1968, his Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in 1971, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M in 1995.

Dennis taught Psychology and Philosophy, first as an Associate Professor at Northwest College in Powell from 1975-1996, and then as a Professor from 1996 until 2016, when he retired from Northwest College.  Prior to moving to Powell in 1975 to teach at Northwest College, Dennis worked as an education minister at churches in Port Huron and Ann Arbor, Michigan and in Chula Vista, California.

In addition to his dedication to teaching and learning, Dennis had a lifelong passion for travel which led to his exploring all seven continents on extended tours throughout his life, including every state in the U.S.  He especially loved mountain vistas, water falls, and rose gardens and happily shared his many photos and videos taken of these during his extensive travels and hikes. In keeping with Dennis’ deep interest in and appreciation for art and creativity, in 2016 he helped design and donated a large, mosaic glass tile mural of Heart Mountain that is displayed on the wall of the College’s Yellowstone Building, in memory of his parents.  Dennis was “one of a kind” and his creative spirit was very evident in his beloved vehicles. He was known around the area for driving his tricked-out trucks, his classic Corvette, and his fully-chopped motorcycle.

Survivors include his sister, Linda (Jeff) Russell of Madison, Wisconsin; his brother, Scott (Barb) Brophy of Bristol, Wisconsin; his brother, David (Kristi) Brophy of Middleton, Wisconsin; a niece, Ashley Brophy of Orlando, Florida; a nephew, Michael Brophy, Los Angeles, California; and a number of cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and by his stepfather, Arthur Larish.

In keeping with his religious faith, Dennis was a longtime member of and deeply involved with the Red Lodge Community Church where he cherished the many close friendships that he made there over the years.

Due to COVID-19, the family is not planning a memorial service at this time.  For those who would like to, the family asks that you donate to a charity of your choice in Denny’s name.  Thank you.

To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.thompsonfuneral.net.


Dennis was a highschool classmate of mine at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wi. Please accept my sympathy with the entire Brophy family. Take care & God Bless. R.I.P Dennis

Mary Ann Grabmeier Dec 24 2020 12:00 AM

It was a great pleasure to take courses from Mr. Brophy. My family lived across the street from his office and class rooms and we enjoyed watching his turf stomping trick truck grow with each passing summer. My son took pictures of it to take with him when he attended USC. Watching the reaction of people as they walked was always amusing.

Martha Moewes Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to the Brophy Family. Dennis was an institution in and of itself while he was at Northwest Community College.

Barry and Mary Flom Oct 6 2020 12:00 AM

Enjoyed Dennis through the years. Many interesting conversations. Thanks for the introspective moments. Condolences to his family.

Skipp McCrRy Oct 1 2020 12:00 AM