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Adolf Andrew Brown

Adolph Andrew (A.A.) Brown of Gary, Indiana, was born June 24, 1899 in Dubuque, Iowa to George W. Brown and Sophie Krakow. He attended Wheaton Community High School under principal J.B. Russell and graduated from Wheaton College in 1921 with a B.A. in General Science. Nicknamed "Lemons," he served as class president in '17 and '18, in addition to serving as advertising manager for the Record in '20, and its assistant business manager in '19. He was a member of the Beltonian Literary Society. He played violin, sang tenor, and studied logic, ethics, calculus and chemistry. He received an M.A. from the University of Colorado (1926). He served the majority of his life as a high school principal and school superintendent in Colorado. From 1926-1930 he was high school principal at Eaton, CO.  He was then principal at Fort Morgan Junior-Senior High School for 16 years before coming to Littleton, CO in July 1946 to become its Superintendent of Schools (1946-1961). During his 15 years as superintendent he was involved in 22 building projects and saw the Littleton school district population grow from 800 to 12,500. During this time he served on the National Council of the National Honor Society from 1945-48. He also served for 20 years as executive secretary and then as president of the Colorado Association of School Administrators.  He was president of the Colorado Schoolmaster's Club and fellow member for 45 years and President of the Littleton Rotary Club (1953-54).  In 1949 he was elected to the presidency of the Colorado Baptist State Convention. He served as chairman on various committees for the American Association of School Administrators and was nominated for vice-president in 1958. In 1960 he was acclaimed Littleton "Educator of the Decade" the same year he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study education in Finland and France. Upon his "retirement" he was named headmaster of Randell School in Denver where he served for five years (1964-1969).  After another "retirement" he was executive director of the Arapahoe Community Emeritus College, a continuing education program for people over 60 (1974-1988).  In 1979, at 80 years old, he was named Most Valuable citizen of Littleton.  His motto was "People don't grow old; they get old when they stop growing." He was very active with his wife Pearl in the Littleton community and as members of Calvary Baptist Church in Denver. He died of cancer on October 29, 1990 at his home in Littleton. He was 91 and survived by his wife Pearl (d. 2/24/2001), 2 children and 5 grandchildren.