Dr. Nadine Brewer

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dr. Alice Nadine Brewer made her final life transition Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr. Brewer would have completed her 75th trip around the sun on this, our spaceship earth, on June 18, 2011.

Born during the great depression in Louisville, Ky. she was the only child of Emmett Arvin Brewer and Sarah Alice Perkins. In spite of her impoverished and inauspicious beginnings Dr. Brewer worked relentlessly to improve herself and later became the first person in her entire family to earn a Bachelor's degree.

The extraordinary story of Dr. Brewer's life would fill volumes from her earliest home in an abandoned streetcar to her final home here in Storm Lake. She retired as a Professor of English Literature and Linguistics at Buena Vista University.

She earned her Doctorate of English Literature from Drake University and her Masters in French Literature from the University of Iowa. During her tenure at BVU Dr. Brewer was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships. She also spearheaded the Women's Studies program at BVU.

A fervent lover and champion of the Arts she became an accomplished pianist, painter, sculptor, poet and published author. Her passion for life and knowledge embraced a broad spectrum of interests including astrology, philosophy, religion, politics, travel, cooking, gardening, and her dogs to list but a few.

Nadine raised three boys, and was blessed with three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her great love was not limited just to her immediate family. Over the years Dr. Brewer nurtured and mentored many of whom she referred to as "her kids." Her light and her goodness will be sorely missed in this world.

A memorial will be held for Dr. Brewer in Storm Lake. The date, time, and location will be announced later this week. Her family humbly requests that any gifts or flowers be given at the memorial.