“Full Circle: Memories of Lynchburg College and Beyond,” a memoir by Dr. M. Carey Brewer ’49, LC’s seventh president, is available in time for Homecoming weekend.
Dr. Brewer will be selling and signing books on Friday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Daura Gallery. The books is also available in the LC Bookstore, and proceeds of each sale are going to a scholarship fund in Dr. Brewer’s name.
Dr. Brewer, who served as president from 1964 to 1983, relates the journey that he and his wife, partner, and classmate Betty Ann have taken together.
Before coming to LC, Dr. Brewer served in the Kennedy Administration, and he was only 36 when he took the helm at his alma mater. His tenure was marked by unprecedented growth and change for the College. During his administration, the student body doubled in size, the size of the faculty tripled, the percentage of terminally prepared faculty doubled, graduate programs were initiated, the number of major buildings on campus increased from nine to nineteen, and the first African-American students were admitted to the College.
Following is an excerpt from the book’s preface, which was written by Dr. and Mrs. Brewer’s friends and colleagues Dr. Julius Sigler ’62, vice president and dean for academic affairs; Dr. Thomas Tiller ’56, professor emeritus of education and human development; and Dr. James Huston, former dean the college:
“Perhaps the greatest legacy left to Lynchburg College by Carey Brewer is the attitude embedded in his oft-repeated statement that ‘a great college is always in the process of becoming.’ Since his retirement in 1983, Lynchburg College has continued to grow and to change-moving ever closer toward becoming the institution envisioned by a thirty-six-year-old neophyte college president nearly a half century ago.”