Celebrating the Life of Brian Denyer

A reception will be held at Taft on Saturday, Nov. 19


Taft will host a reception to celebrate the life of Brian Denyer, a beloved former faculty member who taught at Taft for 33 years, on Saturday, November 19 at 11:30 am in the Faculty Room.


Denyer, who taught French at Taft from 1979 until his retirement in 2012, died on July 25 after a decade-long battle with cancer.


“Whether you knew Brian in the French classroom, the faculty room, the soccer field, or the dorm, you knew a wonderful teacher, coach, colleague, father, and husband,” said Headmaster Willy MacMullen ’78. “There are a lot of people who would say, ‘He's about the nicest guy I know.’ He was loved, and even when he began his fight with cancer, he was invariably cheerful, always interested in others, quick to laugh and smile.”


Denyer was passionate about French—the language, the culture, and the literature. He was a terrific and well-respected classroom teacher, at all levels, and a loyal, supportive and caring colleague. He loved soccer, and he coached the varsity with perspective, humor, and spirit. His players would remember him for his simple love of the game. Denyer also directed Taft’s residential program, bringing his leadership to CPT, where he and his wife, Val, lived for many years.


“Perhaps most of all,” said MacMullen, “Brian was one of the most generous teachers we have seen. He always volunteered to pitch in, to drive a sick student to the hospital, to chaperone a dance, to coach an extra season, to take a class when a colleague was sick. He had no ego, a big heart, and a poetic soul. He was as good a man as they come.”


Taft welcomes all who would like to join in remembrance and celebration of Denyer’s life for the reception.


Learn more about Brian Denyer 


Read about Denyer in the Summer 2012 issue of the Taft Bulletin 


Read the obituary

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