The Lakeside School is proud to announce the induction of Eleanor McCain Brown to the Alabama Independent School Association Hall of Fame.
The AISA Hall of Fame is an elite group of successful, devoted leaders from within the association. Brown will be inducted on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at the Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery.
Brown was born on June 16, 1934, in Birmingham. She graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1952. She won an art scholarship for college attached to the University of Kentucky.
She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1957, Magna Cum Laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her degree was in biology with a minor in German. Upon her graduation, Brown was offered a scholarship at Vanderbilt to receive a masters degree in biology.
After graduating from Vanderbilt, she taught biology at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham and taught chemistry for several years at Shades Valley High School.
She began teaching at the Lakeside School in 1968. During her years at Lakeside, she taught art, molecular biology, chemistry and physiology. In addition to the sciences, she taught art for many years in both the Lower and Upper School.
Brown was instrumental in getting her science students to be participants in the Dauphin Island Marine Biology Consortium. She was also on the board of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Alabama for several years.
With direction from the University of Alabama, the Lakeside students were able to participate in fossil digs in Selma, as well as fossil studies in the Tuscaloosa coal mines. They did much study at fossil slides in Barbour County as well.
A Lakeside student found fossil remains of a dinosaur, which was named by the University of Texas. This cervical vertebra was added to the collection at the Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa.
One Lakeside student, David Nelson, received a college scholarship on the basis of his identification and collection of local mushrooms in Barbour County.
Brown is also an avid painter of the Southwest. She received a first place award from the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ga, for a painting of ruins in Taos, N.M.
Brown ended her teaching career in 1998 after 30 years of service to the Lakeside School. She truly embodies The Lakeside Legacy.