It is with great sadness that we share the news that Hugo E.(“Ted”) Braun passed away on Wednesday, February 8, surrounded by his loving family. The Braun name on our firm is merely a token of Ted’s, and his father Hugo’s, immense contribution to building our great law firm. Ted practiced law with wisdom and integrity; with kindness and grit.
Always unassuming in his professional and community service, Ted helped establish and grow numerous agencies in our region, including the Saginaw Community Foundation; Great Lakes Bay Health Centers (fka Health Delivery, Inc.); Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals Inc., the entity that has now become the CMU Medical School Partners; the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum; the Temple Theatre Foundation and many others. Saginaw is stronger community thanks to Ted’s personal generosity and his life’s work.
Ted was a great mentor to all who walked through our doors and will be greatly missed. Our best wishes are with his wife, Ruth, and three children, Hugo, Michael and Lucy.
Hugo "Ted" Braun, Jr. specialized in estate planning, probate and trust administration, and representation of non-profit tax-exempt organizations. Ted has represented more than 300 exempt organizations, including numerous hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Mr. Braun regularly assisted non-profit organizations in obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status.
Mr. Braun was a life-long resident of Saginaw. He is a past director of Wolohan Lumber Co. and Citizens Banking Corp.
Past Community Involvement
Ted’s service to the community was recognized as a recipient of numerous awards, including an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Saginaw Valley State University; Lifetime Community Service Award from Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, with his wife Ruth; Spirit of Philanthropy Award from Saginaw Community Foundation; United Way Outstand Community Volunteer Award; the CAN Council Child Advocates of the Year, with his wife Ruth; and the Saginaw County Bar Association Community Service Award. In 2007, Governor Jennifer Granholm presented Ted the prestigious Russell G. Mawby Award on behalf of the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Michigan Nonprofit Association, in recognition of lifetime achievement in volunteerism and philanthropy in the State of Michigan.