Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) has elected two new directors, Dr. John Bremer and Stanton Wyman.
Born in England, Bremer studied at Cambridge University and served in the Royal Air Force.
He retired last year from his position as Professor of Humanities at Cambridge College, which he founded in 1971. Before that he had been involved in public education in both New York and Philadelphia where he founded the original School-without-Walls in 1969, a program that earned him a page in Time magazine and an invitation to the Today Show.
Bremer has published several books on philosophy, education, and C.S. Lewis, translated into five languages, and more than a hundred articles. He now writes mostly on Plato and Homer.
He has been active locally, spending the past summer rebuilding and restoring a large antique doll-house for BRAM. He is also a member of the team writing a history of Ludlow. In May the College of St Joseph in Rutland awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree for his contributions to scholarship and education.
Bremer moved to Ludlow almost 15 years ago, after his wife Anne died. He now shares a home with his marmalade cat, Molly.
Wyman, married to Lisa Larabee Wyman, is the son of Bruce and Georgia Wyman of Ludlow. He is a lifelong resident and graduate of Black River High School. He started Wyman's Contracting in 2001.
Stanton's family has deep historical ties to Ludlow and the surrounding area. For example, his Great-Uncle Howard Kenworthy graduated in the 2nd-to-last class from Black River Academy, and was recently Grand Marshall of Ludlow's 2009 Alumni Parade. George Kenworthy, Howard's Father and Stanton's Great-Grandfather, owned Ludlow's first IGA store through the early 1900's, located where the Ellison building on Main Street is now.
Stanton's paternal grandfather Orville Wyman operated the steam-shovels that widened Proctorsville Gulf when the 'modern' road was constructed, and his maternal Grandfather George Ripley owned a plumbing business in the old Grade-School building next to BRAM.
When in the Army, Ripley was the 24 hour Honor Guard posted at Calvin Coolidge's burial.