Eleanor McKeen Brosius


October 05, 1910
- April 16, 2008

MILO AND ALEXANDRIA VA - On April 16, 2008, Eleanor "Pat" (McKeen) Brosius, 97, of 1403 Cool Spring Drive, Alexandria, Va., 22308, died in Mount Vernon, Va. She was born Oct. 5, 1910, in Milo, the daughter of James O. and Luvie Hackett McKeen. She was an historic alexandria docent, retired English teacher at the University of Maine, Teacher of the Year in Worcester, Mass., in 1974 - 1975, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in Worcester, Mass., in November 2001. She was presented with a Key to the City by the mayor. In 1979 she moved to Mount Vernon, Va., where she was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Lydia Circle, United Methodist Women, AARP, Hollin Hall Senior Center, Joy Group, Dim View Group - a support group for the blind, Red Hats, the Mystery Book Club at Martha Washington Library, AAUW and a former Girl Scout leader. For 18 years Mrs. Brosius was a docent at the boyhood home of Robert E. Lee, Old Town, Alexandria, Va. She was a graduate of Milo High School, where she was a charter member of the National Honor Society and was a member of Milo High Alumni Association. She graduated from the University of Maine - Farmington and Emerson College, Boston. She did her graduate studies at Worcester College and the University of Massachusetts. After college she was the principal of St. Francis High School in St. Francis. Then she was a teacher at the University of Maine - Farmington and then at the University of Maine - Fort Kent. In 1939 she married Nicholas William Brosius, of Berlin, N.H., chief interviewer of the Massachusetts Division of Employment Security and renowned city organist. He died in 1971. In Worcester, Mass., she taught at Dix Street Preparatory and at Grafton Street School. During Mrs. Brosius' career as an English teacher, she also taught in New Britain, Conn. She was a lifetime member of Milo Chapter No. 39 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She belonged to the Retired Teachers Organization of Fort Pierce, Fla., Emerson College Alumni Association and Massachusetts Teachers Association. In Milo, she was a member of Milo Baptist Church and was active in community drama and musical organizations. She is survived by two daughters, Joan Ellen Corbett of Alexandria, Va., a senior officer in the U.S. State Department, and Geraldine Gassek, with whom she lived; a granddaughter, Laura (Gassek) Lewis; and two great-grandsons, Garrett and Edward Lewis, all of Mount Vernon, Va.; a niece, Donna Benn Rutter of Newport News, Va.; and cousins, Cecelia Harmon of Milo, John and Barbara Hackett of Oxford, Peggy and John Bridges of Cape Neddick and William Hackett of York. Interment was at Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to your favorite charity.


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