Gord Brewer to Receive "Hope for Humanity" Award
Posted October 1, 2001
HOLLAND -- The alumni H-Club at Hope College will
present its "Hope for Humanity Award" to Gord Brewer of
Holland on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The award, first presented in 1990, recognizes
Hope athletic alumni for service to others, transformation
of Christian values and consistency of commitment. The H-
Club consists of Hope alumni who were athletic letter
winners and other honorary letter winners as approved by the
H-Club's Board of Directors. The group will recognize
Brewer during its annual Homecoming luncheon, which will be
held in the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.
Brewer was a member of Hope's physical education
(now kinesiology) faculty from 1956 to 1988, when he
retired. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor,
was promoted to associate professor in 1973 and was promoted
to full professor in 1983. He chaired the department from
1980 to 1985.
For a 20-year period, from 1960 to 1980, he was
Hope's athletic director, directing all facets of Hope
sports. His leadership spanned the planning and
construction of the Dow Health and Physical Education
Center, which opened in 1978.
Brewer coached the men's track team throughout his
years on the faculty, finishing in the top half of the MIAA
in all but three seasons and winning the league championship
six times. He was also assistant football and basketball
coach at Hope.
His book "...But How You Played the Game! A
History of Intercollegiate Athletics at Hope College,"
covering through 1955, was published in 1992. Along with
Russ DeVette, another kinesiology retiree, he organized a
reunion of Hope student-athletes from the 1950s that was
held during the college's fall, 1995, Homecoming
He received a "Meritorious Service Award" from the
Hope College Alumni Association in May of 1996, and Hope
named its track in his honor in April of 1991. The alumni
H-Club had also honored him during its Homecoming luncheon
He is a 1948 Hope graduate, and also holds a
master's degree from the University of Michigan. He served
with the Eighth Air Force in the European Theatre of
Operations during World War II, and taught in the Byron
Center Public Schools and the Kelloggsville Public Schools
before joining the Hope faculty.
He is a former elder, and vice president of
consistory, at Third Reformed Church in Holland. He also
volunteers with the Salvation Army.
Brewer and his wife Lorraine reside in Holland.
They have four children: Robert, Lawrence, Daniel and