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Scholarship Derby Honors Brookdale Aluma Joan Brearley

The Brookdale Community College Alumni Association honored the memory of one of its most accomplished former members Sept. 20 with a scholarship derby at Monmouth Park.

The event, which honored the life, work and passions of former association president Joan Brearley, featured a full program of races, a buffet luncheon in the park’s Omnibus Box, door prizes and a free mint julep for all attendees.

“She was very passionate about horses, and we felt this was a great way to remember her and help fund a new scholarship in her name,” said Doris Hudak, the first vice president of the Brookdale alumni association and a long-time friend of Brearley.

Brearley, a radio producer, author, magazine editor and teacher, also served on the Sea Bright Borough Council, the New Jersey School Boards Association and more than 20 other county and state groups throughout her life. She passed away in 2012.

“We used to call her superwoman,” Hudak said.

Brearley was also a lifelong learner, earning three degrees from Brookdale along with degrees from Monmouth University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She was a long-time substitute teacher at Rumson-Fair Haven High School and a member of the Shore Regional Board of Education.

During her lifetime she also served as president of the Monmouth Federation of Republican Women, board member of the Monmouth County Youth Detention Center and past chairwoman of the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission.

Hudak said the derby will likely be held annually, potentially joining other events designed to raise a total of $10,000 for the Joan Brearley Scholarship Fund.

More information on the Alumni Association is available here.