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Binney Brown Fouts '69 Celebrating her past through service and generosity

Binney Brown Fouts "I'd probably bring in live music, have an arts festival and try to get people to embrace their inner artist," Binney Brown Fouts '69 replied when asked what she would do if she were head of school for a day. Binney is a lively person who loves to laugh and thinks her festival idea wouldn't surprise her former classmates.

"I was the type who said yes to everything," she notes. That might be the perfect job description for leading the Order of Willing Service (OWS), in which Binney served as president during her senior year.

As chair of OWS, she organized Carnival, "a big annual event in the fall. A play was written and performed by the students, the gym and various rooms throughout the school were decorated and various games were played," she says. Carnival was open to the public and proceeds went to charitable purposes.

Binney believes anyone who knew her then would still recognize her today. "I'm not that different—I'm still not that mature," she quips. Anyone attending an HB reunion, however, might think they've mistakenly crashed a Fouts family reunion. Binney's two daughters, Katie Fouts '99 and Julia Fouts '04, are on the same reunion cycle. "It's a happy accident," she says. Her son, Dan, graduated in 2001 from University School and her husband, Dave, has enjoyed the reunion years as well.

Long active in the Cleveland community, Binney has served through the years on the boards of Hathaway Brown School, Ohio Wesleyan University and Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, where she also worked on staff.

Her early career was spent in management at the Ohio Bell Telephone Company in the marketing department. After having her three children, she worked part-time for the Cleveland relocation firm Executive Arrangements. In that position, Binney had many opportunities to describe Hathaway Brown. "It's world-class education that is nationally respected. Each student is celebrated for her accomplishments and learns clearly to follow the motto "not for school but for life," Binney says. She further enjoyed her HB connection working with several alumnae at Oh The Places You'll Go!, a boutique travel business specializing in overseas travel.

Binney and Dave are loyal donors and have made a bequest to HB in their will. She wants to encourage all alumnae and students "to celebrate their past by giving financial support." Her reasons for including Hathaway Brown in her estate are to continue the excellence in education and provide opportunity for young women of today and tomorrow. "It's important to give back to the places where you got your foundation," she says.

To learn more about how you can become a member of the Mary E. Raymond Legacy Society or other ways to support Hathaway Brown, please contact Terry Kurtz at 216-320-8799 or

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