|Membership level: Hall of Fame|
David S. Brown
Inductee Year 2015
|David S. Brown ’59 An accomplished athlete, Dave was a starting contributor to Hinsdale’s varsity squads in football (1958 & 1959), basketball (1958 & 1959) and baseball (1957, 1958 & 1959). In football, Dave was outside linebacker and starting quarterback under legendary coach Harvey Dickinson and led the team in scoring in his senior year and was All-Conference in 1958 and 1959. In baseball, Dave contributed as a pitcher and third baseman. In basketball, Dave played starting point guard for the 1959 West Suburban Conference Championship squad, highlighted by Dave's clutch overtime free throws securing the Red Devil’s legendary sectional playoff victory against the then-undefeated Shabbona Indians. Away from the athletic fields, Dave was an excellent student, participating on the student counsel, winning the Phillip R. Clark Student-Athlete Award in 1959, and gaining admission to Stanford University, where he earned his undergraduate degree (1963) and law degree (1965) in just six years.
Dave began his legal career at the Chicago law firm McBride Baker, Weinke and Schlosser. In 1970, Dave left for 18 months to Washington D.C. where he served in the Office of Minority Business Enterprise at the Department of Commerce during the Nixon Administration as Chief Counsel and Acting Director. During this time, Dave engineered the passage of legislation creating the still-active Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Company program. In 1972, Dave returned to McBride Baker as a partner. He later engineered the opening of the firm’s Oak Brook office, serving as managing partner for six years. In 1981, Dave moved in-house as the CFO/General Counsel for United Laboratories, a privately-owned manufacturer/sales company based in Itasca, Illinois.
Throughout the years, Dave has been a valuable contributor to the Hinsdale community and charities, including the following notable efforts and accomplishments: founding, with Hinsdale Central’s Jay Kramer, the Oak Brook Racquet Club; founding, with Hinsdale Central’s Don Watson, the Wheaton Tennis & Swim Club; serving as a founding shareholder/director for Dennis Keller’s and Ronald Taylor’s CBA Institute for Post Graduate Education in Management, Inc., the predecessor of DeVry University, now DVG Education Group; serving as Director, Secretary, Vice-President and President of the Hinsdale Golf Club; serving on the Westmont Elementary School Board and helping to create Westmont High School; serving on the Peter Winston Friend Hinsdale Central Scholarship Committee from its inception; coaching little league, Babe Ruth and semi-professional baseball teams for over 26 years; participating in the Red Devil Booster programs for baseball and football; fundraising and founding the Westmont Red Sox in 1990, a semi-professional baseball team (focused on rostering Hinsdale Central graduates), eventually given over to the Westmont Park District.
Dave devotes much of his time to non-partisan public policy research and writing, and serves as a mediator for alternative dispute resolution Business Mediation Network, a professional service to help commercial disputants avoid expensive and destructive litigation and reach amicable resolutions.
This year marks the 52nd anniversary of Dave’s marriage to his Red Devil high school sweetheart, Karel Rezek Brown. The couple’s three sons all attended Hinsdale Central, and all three currently reside in Hinsdale.