Stepping down is not something Laurence “Larry” Brown does. But, after 40 years of commitment to Pilgrim School, he is retiring from the Governing Board.
School officials will testify that the Windsor Square resident is known for stepping up as a philanthropist and leader.
He helped raise $12 million for Phase 1 of the Field of Dreams campaign. The new athletic field with underground parking is due to open in 2016. Brown also is head of the search committee to find a new head of school.
An attorney with offices in downtown Los Angeles, he first began his philanthropy as a Pilgrim parent when son Greg entered preschool in the 1970s.
He and his late wife Nancy became active with Pilgrim’s sponsor, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, and he soon became a member of Pilgrim’s governing board.
The creation of the Brown Family Arts Center is one of the contributions listed in a tribute to the attorney in Pilgrim’s annual report.
Brown was instrumental in beautifying the main entrance with sculptures he commissioned for what became known as the Nancy White Way. He commissioned sculptor John Hooper of New Brunswick, Canada, to create the colorful group of statues which depicts youngsters at play.
Brown is committed to seeing the school’s Field of Dreams become a reality. Although he has stepped down from the board, he serves on the Field construction committee.
As retiring head of school Mark Brooks said “Pilgrim would not be the school it is today without Larry Brown.”