Bruce J. Heim was born in New York, on June 23, 1952. A shy, gentle and quiet child, he experienced great difficulty in school because he could not learn to read. Financial circumstances permitted him to work with a private tutor. With the help of that tutor, he not only learned to read, but to love reading. As a direct result, Bruce was enormously successful throughout all his school years at Miami Beach Senior High where he graduated Salutatorian. He continued to excel at Dartmouth College and its Amos Tuck School of Business Administration.
Bruce began his career as a security analyst with the Chase Manhattan Bank. Later, he joined F. Eberstadt and Company and became a vice president specializing in security analysis and investment banking. During his business career, he sat on the boards of several publicly traded companies including among others, Chemed and Roto-Rooter. He was a member of the team that worked on the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, commonly known as The Grace Commission, chaired by J. Peter Grace for President Ronald Reagan. In 1988, when he retired due to poor health, Mr. Heim was executive vice president of Peter B. Cannell and Company, an investment management firm.
Bruce lived a full life and enjoyed its richness. He courageously accepted its brevity as fate. He never forgot how lucky he was to have had a private tutor. Without the benefit of private tutoring, his successes might never have been achieved. Gratitude and a dedication to the ideal of service fostered in high school led to the establishment of the Bruce J. Heim Foundation in 1986. Mr. Heim died on January 4, 1990, at the age of 37. The legacy that he left is a Foundation designed to provide funding that will help young people realize their full potential, as he had been helped to realize his.