Retired teacher at Holderness receives award

HOLDERNESS — Retired English teacher Jim Brewer was presented with the Theuner Award for service to the school at the recent commencement ceremonies of the Holderness School.
"In 1959 Jim Brewer came to interview for a job at Holderness because a friend had told him this was a school that was as 'friendly as an old shoe,'" said Head of School, Phil Peck.
"Jim got hired. He left us once, but came back. By the time he retired in 1995 he had served Holderness for 23 years—as an English teacher, department chair, director of development, director of college counseling, director of publications, assistant headmaster, and football coach.''
Brewer founded both the boys' and girls' lacrosse programs, winning twelve league championships and twice being named Northern New England Coach-of-the-Year. Brewer also founded Holderness School Today, the school's flagship publication, and Senior Colloquium, a special program that has since broadened and matured into Senior Honors Thesis.
"Since his retirement, Jim has stayed involved with Holderness as a guest storyteller at each reunion and as our most valuable repository of collective memory." contines Peck. "There are all these ways in which he has advanced the school's mission, but perhaps none more profoundly than through his warmth, zeal, and love for his colleagues and students."


Jim Brewer, retired employee at Holderness School,  receives the Theuner Award from former headmaster The Rev. B.W. Woodward, Jr. (Courtesy photo)