Smart Living Awards Flashback 2010: Jeanette Grasselli Brown

The Judson Smart Living Awards honor individuals of all ages dedicated to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle. Nominations are now open for the class of 2014 in the categories of arts, education, volunteerism, philanthropy and healthcare. Deadline is March 24, 2014.

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Jeanette Grasselli Brown worked in industrial research for 38 years, retiring in 1989 as Director of Corporate Research for BP America (formerly The Standard Oil Co.). She has been a director of three Fortune 500 companies, and was the American Chemical Society’s outstanding woman chemist in U.S.

Brown has one patent, holds 13 honorary doctoral degrees, has nearly 100 publications and has lectured at as many universities worldwide during her career. Impressive, right?

“None of it would have been possible without the passion ignited by teachers I had in my Cleveland Public School experience,” Brown offers. “They placed me in a major work program and helped push me to pursue a degree in chemistry. That made me desire to return to education and dedicate my time to it.

“A former Regent on the Ohio Board of Regents, Brown is helping northeast Ohio’s students through college with Cleveland Scholarship Programs, Inc. (CSP)-a college access program dedicated to providing career direction and support for students from elementary school through college graduation.

CSP has helped 200,000 students go through the college and financial aid application process, and has awarded more than $42 million in scholarships since its inception. “Helping change young people’s lives and attain personal goals, and being a helping hand for them really goes a long way,” Brown says.

Brown is active as a CSP emeritus board member after chairing the program for five years, and has merged her passion for science and education in board service to the Great Lakes Science Center. Her commitment to the University Circle neighborhood is reflected in service to the Musical Arts Association/Cleveland Orchestra (as chairwoman of the education committee) and countless other organizations.

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

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