Jan Brasier, OAEA Distinguished Fellow (1997), and Ohio Art Education Association Honorary Member, passed away November 26, 2019.
A member of OAEA for 64 years, Jan filled many roles during that time including Secretary, Elected LA Member, YAM Co-Chair, and ArtLine Contributing Editor. Frequently a member of Dayton Conference committee, she served as Chairperson, Registration Chair, and On-site Chair. Regionally she served as Western Region Vice President, PR, Secretary, and Membership Chair. Jan was Co-Chair of the 1996 Spring Symposium. She was also an NAEA Contributing Editor and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society Pi chapter (1987).
Jan taught Art in Dayton City Schools (2), Kettering City Schools (33), and Kettering Adult School (7). She also taught at Marin County Schools, California, the Dayton Art Institute (DAI) children’s section, St. Rita’s Catholic School, and in the Masterworks Program at Centerville Schools. Jan
Jan graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School, Bowling Green State University (BS), Wright State University (MS Art Therapy), and the University of Dayton (MS EdA).
She was awarded Montgomery County Excellence in Education Grants (1984, 1985, and 1986), OAEA Outstanding Art Teacher (1985-86); NAEA Western Region Elementary Division Outstanding Art Educator (1994); and inducted into Kettering City Schools Chester A. Roush Hall of Fame (1997).
In retirement, Jan was a Teaching Guest Artist at local schools; assisted with OAEA’s YAM activities; served as a member of the Friends Board of the K-12 Gallery; and was a docent at DAI. Jan also found time for she and Jerry to circle the world over seven years while she taught watercolor painting on cruise ships. After Jerry’s death, Jan continued to create at her residence, Lincoln Park. She hosted an exhibit of her quilting while at Lincoln Park.
Jan and husband, Jerry Brasier (d.2017), leave behind a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Barb Brasier, and a daughter and son-in-law, Susan Brasier and Tom Goud, and three exceptional grandsons, Alex, Bryan and Charley Mann.
For many years she presided over the garage sale fundraisers for the Distinguished Fellows. In (2018) the Distinguished Fellows adopted the sobriquet, Brasier’s Boutique, for any future Distinguished Fellows garage sale fundraisers, as per Jan’s request.
Jan was renowned for recycling and readapting ANYTHING with ingenuity and creativity.
Sherrie Dennis: “Jan was a role model hoarder art educator for all of us! Everyone loved her.”
Kurt Reichert recalls “the 1992 Dayton conference when the Saturday night centerpieces were real layered carrot cakes. After dinner the officers and planning committee were in the presidential suite going over evaluations when in walks Jan with a bellhop and a luggage cart of boxed half-eaten carrot cakes! She never wanted to see anything wasted!”
Thank you to Barrie Archer for providing the content for this Fellows Connection Blog Post.
Donna Collins, Distinguished Fellow, 2013, Web Liaison