Lissa Roos Parker
Lissa Roos Parker established the Dr. Andrew M.C. Brown Memorial English Scholarship to continue the memory of her longtime friend, Dr. Andrew Missak Cleverly Brown. Dr. Brown was a visiting lecturer in English literature from Cambridge University, England, during the 1970-71 academic year. He was sponsored at Grand Valley State College (GVSC) by the now -late Professor Robert L. Chamberlain from the Department of English. Dr. Brown passed away from cancer in January 2014 at the age of 63 after a distinguished career as an editor and publisher at Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Brown’s love of literature was nurtured at Magdalene College, Cambridge, in the late 1960s. After teaching in the United States, he returned to Magdalene College to finish his doctoral thesis on the novels of Edward Bulwer Lytton. At Cambridge University Press (CUP), Dr. Brown began as a junior editor in the humanities; became senior editor for literature in 1983, after establishing the company’s significant presence in American literary studies; then took on increasing managerial positions, culminating in his appointment as managing director of academic and professional publishing in 2002.During his CUP years, he produced an outstanding edition of George Eliot’s Romola for Oxford University Press. In addition to Dr. Brown’s devotion to English and American literary traditions, he also possessed an eclectic interest in world literature.