The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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October 30, 2009

Educators will be inducted into artists' hall

By TOM LAVIS

TLAVIS@TRIBDEM.COM

The 2009 Artists’ Hall of Fame will honor two educators who have influenced scores of high school and college students.

This year’s accolades go to Rodney Eatman of Johnstown, a theatrical director, writer and retired professor of drama at Pitt-Johnstown, and Glenn Brougher of Westmont, a teacher, artist and mentor.

The men will be honored during a reception and a dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Holiday Inn, 250 Market St., downtown Johnstown.

The donation for the event is $50 per person or $95 a couple.

Rosemary Pawlowski, executive director of Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown, hopes the awards will give the community a chance to enjoy the talent in the area.

“When one hears Glenn Brougher, you might think of his Johnstown paintings, which are in many public and private places,” Pawlowski said.

“When you hear Rodney Eatman, you might recall being in the audience for one of his many productions.

“However, in all the conversations over the past months, what continues to resonate is the lifetime thrill each savors in the nurturing of students, the inspiring of confidence and enjoying the fruits of their harvest.”

Brougher casts a wide shadow. He is able to boast about hundreds of his paintings that hang in offices, institutions and homes.

However, his greatest impact has been that of an art teacher, where he guided, motivated, listened and influenced students for 31 years.

Brougher taught in the Forbes, Jenner-Boswell, Ferndale and Westmont Hilltop school districts.

He was also an instructor at Pitt-Johnstown in the evenings.

“I am thrilled and very honored that this happened to me,” Brougher said.

“I loved my job, I loved teaching and I loved the students, many of whom still keep in contact with me.”

In July, four former Ferndale Area High School students paid Brougher a visit when they returned home for a class reunion.

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