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Endowment & Faculty Chairs

Support for Hathaway Brown's endowment has lasting impact, just as lifelong learning prepares girls to embrace the world beyond our Shaker Heights campus — poised and empowered to ask questions, challenge conventions, and make their own unique mark. Designate an endowment gift to support HB's distinguished academics, empowered girls, and faculty excellence.

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Endowed Faculty Chairs

ANN CORLETT FORD 1916 CHAIR IN HISTORY

Toni Cross, Middle School History Teacher and Middle School Diversity Liaison

Established in 1990, this endowed chair is intended to stimulate and enrich History teaching at Hathaway Brown School. Funded by the grandchildren of Amanda Leisy Corlett 1889 and the grandchildren of Ann Corlett Ford 1916, the endowment recognizes a history faculty member who is especially skillful in stimulating historical curiosity, exploration, and study. 

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ANNE CUTTER COBURN CHAIR FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Laura Zappas, Middle School English Teacher, Middle School Dean

The Anne Cutter Coburn Chair for Excellence in Teaching was established in 1984 to recognize teaching excellence at Hathaway Brown School. The endowment income is used to defray the cost of the chair holder's salary and provide the chair holder with an annual stipend. The chair is held for a one-year term.

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CLARA TAPLIN RANKIN 1934 CHAIR FOR THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

Mike Ciuni, Director of Fellowships in Global Citizenship and Upper School Dean

Clara Taplin Rankin 1934 created this chair in 2013 to honor her commitment to education and teaching excellence which make profound differences in students' lives. The Center for Global Citizenship provides a foundational knowledge of world cultures, global issues, and international relations. 

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ELEANOR & KELVIN SMITH CHAIR IN ENGLISH

Marty Frazier, Upper School English Teacher

Established in 1983 by Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Smith (Eleanor Armstrong 1917) and their daughter Lucia Smith Nash 1946, this chair perpetuates the same standards of excellence in English preparation that influenced Mrs. Smith's early education under the principal and English teacher Mary E. Raymond. It was Mrs. Smith's belief in the preeminent value of a strong English department that prompted the establishment of the Smith Chair in English.

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H. WILLIAM CHRIST CHAIR FOR VISION & INNOVATION

Leah Jackson, Director of the IDEA Lab and Upper School Diversity Liaison 

H. William Christ, Head of School from 1987-2016, distinguished himself at Hathaway Brown as a creative and visionary leader. This chair was established upon his retirement to recognize a faculty member who demonstrates vision and innovation in the field of education.

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JUDY CORTESE CHAIR IN SCIENCE

Diana McBeath, Upper School Science Teacher

Based on their conviction that school Science should be made real, meaningful, fascinating, and exciting, members of the Warren H. Corning family established this chair in 1983 to seek excellence in science teaching. Having grown up and lived in the rural part of the Western Reserve, the Cornings' interest, enjoyment, and commitment to natural science and science, in general, spurred the creation of the chair. It is named in honor of Judy Cortese, Upper School science teacher and department chair from 1966 - 1983.

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KETTERING FUND CHAIR FOR STUDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM

Crystal Miller, Director of Fellowships in Science Research and Engineering

This endowment was established in 2004 with generous grants from The Kettering Fund of Dayton, Ohio with the support of Susan Kettering Williamson 1955. Income from this endowment supports the salary of the director of Fellowships in Science Research and Engineering at Hathaway Brown School. 

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LINDA K. VAUGHAN 1956 CHAIR FOR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Stacey Aroney, Interim Athletic Director

Created in 2007 by Linda K. Vaughan 1956, this chair was created in honor of  Laurette Payette, director of athletics from 1975 - 2007, for her dedication and many contributions to HB's students and athletic programs. Linda, who served as professor and chair of the department of Physical Education at Wellesley College from 1973 - 2000, devoted her educational and professional career to athletics.

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LOUISE BLYTH TIMKEN 1927 CHAIR FOR MATHEMATICS 

Michael Buescher, Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher

Louise Blyth Timken 1927 established this chair in 1983 because she believed every Hathaway Brown student should have a solid foundation in Mathematics. A pioneer in the field of women's aviation, Louise was active in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II and she was one of the first women ever to pilot a jet. 

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MARTINE VILAS CONWAY 1949 CHAIR FOR ASPIRE DIRECTOR

Arianne Thomas, Aspire Director and Director of Fellowships in Equity & Action

Martine Vilas Conway 1949 established this chair in 2008 to support the Director of the Aspire Program. Aspire is a tuition-free academic and leadership program that brings together adolescent girls who attend under-resourced schools in Greater Cleveland and teachers who have tremendous potential in the field of education. This chair enables Aspire to make a difference in the lives of middle school girls.

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MARTING CHAIR IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Adam Kollin, Upper School World Language Teacher

Endowed in 1992 with gifts from Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft 1922 and Isabel Marting 1925, this chair reflects the cultural interests and backgrounds of these sisters. The endowed chair serves as a monument to honor their parents whose sacrifices and determination made their own HB education possible.

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THE PAINE FAMILY LEADERSHIP IN COACHING AWARD

Clark Turner, Track & Field Coach

In 2018, this award was created by Amy and Andrew (Randy) J. Paine III, parents of Margaret (Molly) Paine 2017 to recognize the significant impact a coach can have on the HB community and the individual development of student-athletes for life.

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THE SUE SADLER AWARD FOR PROMISE IN EDUCATION

Ariel Lewis, Upper School English Teacher 

The Hathaway Brown School Award for Promise in Education honors Sue Sadler for her many contributions to the HB community including classroom teaching and school administration spanning more than two decades.

This award is given annually to an early career educator who demonstrates a deep commitment to excellence in education, possesses a sincere desire to reach every student, and through his or her work, has a powerfully positive impact on the HB community.

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WILLIAM MCKINLEY & JESSIE M. OSBORNE CHAIR FOR THE WRITING CENTER

Scott Parsons, Director of Osborne Fellowships in Writing and Director of Fellowships and Applied Studies

Virginia Osborne Charman 1941 created this chair in 2001 because she believed that the written word is and always has been a signature element of a Hathaway Brown education. This endowment supports the chair, establishing an atmosphere where student writing can originate and evolve. 

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