Otis Bronson, one of the men who helped to create Pima Community College and then taught classes in writing, tribal art, Eastern religions and meditation for more than three decades, died Sunday. He was 84.

Well-known in the community for his years spent teaching, and eventually running the community college’s writing department, the Florida native spent the last 45 years of his life in Tucson.

Bronson was recognized for his teaching in 1996 by the community college, being named as one of three “outstanding” faculty members that year.

He was also active in political campaigns supporting his wife, Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson.

When he wasn’t teaching, he spent time as an amateur herpetologist, an avid gardener and landscaper, and as an outdoor enthusiast, his daughter, Kali, said.

His college studies were focused on horticulture, English and anthropology.

Bronson also enjoyed collecting ritual and ceremonial masks from Africa.

He is survived by his wife, daughter and grandson, Kalden.

There are no public services planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.