2006: The Rev Lila Byrd Brown
Lila Byrd Brown is a supply priest at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville as well as continuing to serve as president of Claude Nolan, Inc.
After receiving her bachelor of arts degree in economics from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lila worked as a trust officer at First Guaranty Bank & Trust Company in Jacksonville and then as a sales assistant for Merrill Lynch.
In 1996 Lila earned a master’s of divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained as an Episcopal priest in December of that same year. She has since held positions as an associate rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee; interim associate at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville; canon for ministry development for the Diocese of Florida; and supply priest at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church.
In addition, Lila has served on the boards of St. Johns Country Day School, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Foundation, Vision is Priceless, and Kanuga Conference Center.
Lila has returned much to St. Johns Country Day School in time, talent, and gifts, and at the 2002 National Philanthropy Day luncheon, she and her sisters Barret Brown ’65 and Claudette Brown Helmick ’57 were honored as individuals who have made personal and financial commitments to schools, foundations, and non-profit organizations. At that time former headmaster Stephen F. Russey noted, “Their unparalleled generosity and personal commitment have been instrumental in enabling St. Johns to grow and provide the facilities and programs necessary for a superior college preparatory program. Financial support from personal gifts and the Claude Nolan Brown Educational, Charitable and Religious Trust have funded scholarships, faculty development, classrooms, the fine arts center, gymnasium renovation, and other projects that enrich the educational experience for students.”