Bernice Chappel (1910-2010) began teaching in a country school, then taught in the Brighton Area Schools, and completed her career in education as a social worker. Surviving polio gave her insight into the needs, limits, and possibilities of others. Bernice began writing as a child, and she published several educational and children’s books.
Norma Gray is a recognized artist. Her honors include being named by the Livingston County Arts Council as “Visual Artist of the Year – 1996.” She has received honors and awards in exhibitions in Iowa, Ohio, and Michigan. She has gallery representation in the Toledo Museum of Art and the Flint Institute of Art. Norma teaches, and she critiques and juries for art groups. She is founder of the Brighton Art Guild. The Norma Gray Gallery at the Brighton District Library was named in her honor.
Charlene Huget began serving the Brighton community at the Brighton District Library in 1994. In 1997, she became the Director, a position she held until her retirement in 2007. She was the innovative promoter for an informed public and an advocate for a culturally changing Brighton community as the service area and population expanded more than threefold. Through collaboration, Charlene developed cultural programs, public forums, and featured speakers who addressed current issues. She embraced technology to increase the resources of information and communication for the public.
Marilyn S. Jones, PhD, (1934-2014) was a professional flutist, choral musician, and music educator in the public schools including Brighton Area Schools and her alma mater, Cass Technical High School, Detroit. Among other honors, she received the prestigious Maynard Klein Award “in recognition of artistic excellence and a lifetime of leadership in the field of choral music.” Dr. Jones was the Founding Artistic Director of the Livingston County Chorale, which gave birth to the Women’s Chorus and the Children’s Choir.
Madalyn Rosen is an exemplary advocate for the arts. She served on the Brighton District Library and the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts boards. Along with others, she helped inaugurate the series “Art in the Library.” Madalyn has participated in the Livingston County Women’s Chorus and the Brighton Art Guild