Independence Foundation Chair

The Independence Foundation Chair was established in 1959 by the Independence Foundation. Since 1999, Douglas Van Dyck Brown ’57 has held this Chair.
Douglas Brown, teacher of woodworking, graduated from Groton in 1957 and from Harvard in 1961. From 1961 to 1970, he worked with a small pipe organ-building company in Gloucester, MA. Since returning in 1970 to the School, he has taught all the woodworking courses, chaired the Arts Department for 19 years, edited the Groton School Quarterlyfor six years, and has been school archivist for more than 30 years.

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