Mike Brown, whose broad smile and delicious food fed the Foxcroft community body and spirit for nearly three decades as the School’s Director of Dining Services, lost his battle with cancer recently in Winchester, Virginia. He was 71.
In her letter to the Foxcroft Community, Head of School Catherine. S. McGehee said, “For more than 30 years, as a cook and then as Director of Dining Services, Mike fed thousands of girls, faculty, and staff with skill, dedication and care. Parents, alumnae and friends, too, came to know the man with the big smile who was behind every special event – be it a buffet dinner for 200 at Covert, a served banquet for 400 in the Engelhard Gym, or a pig roast on the front lawn of Brick House. None of us will soon forget the wonderful combination of wry wit and practical wisdom, nor the friendship and love that he shared with us. The students put it well last spring when they dedicated the yearbook (for the second time) to “Mr. B” and his staff: “Thank you for When Pigs Fly, root beer floats, awesome breakfasts and banquets, and for always being there for all of us.”
Isaiah “Mike” Brown, Jr, was born in Baltimore and grew up in Harrisonburg, VA. He attended Johnson & Wales University-Miami and held several positions in the food and hospitality industry before coming to Foxcroft in 1984 with Chartwells, the School’s dining services provider. Three years later, Mike became Director of Dining Services, a position he relished and which he only reluctantly relinquished last year as his health deteriorated.
Since 1985, Mike also owned and operated “Mr. B’s” barbecue in three different Clarke County locations and catered scores of events, including faculty and alumnae weddings, graduation parties for faculty children, and celebrations of all kinds.
Funeral arrangements are pending and are being handled by Enders & Shirley Funeral Home in Berryville, Virginia.