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Myrene R. Brewer Collection

Identifier: MS-017


  • Creation: 1972 - 1976

Biographical / Historical

Born: December 17, 1906 in Ogden, Utah

Daughter of Edward I. Rich and Almira Cozzens Rich.

Educated: Ogden High School, 1919 – 1923.

University of Michigan, A.B. 1927

University of California, Berkeley

University of Utah

Utah State University

Weber State College

Married: Joseph West Brewer (1902 – 1971), Ogden, 1928.

Children: Sharlene (Mrs. Jay Glasmann)

Joseph West, Jr.


Alexander Leland


Mary (Mrs. Christopher T. Ford)

Achievement seems to be part of Myrene Brewer’s family heritage. Her grandfather, Apostle Charles Coulson Rich (1809 – 1883), figured prominently in Mormon colonization efforts in Southern California and in the Bear Lake Valley of Southeastern Idaho. Her father, Edward Israel Rich (1869 – 1969), was a highly respected physician who, during the fifty-four years of his practice in Ogden, is reputed to have delivered more than 5000 Weber County babies. In addition, he rose to the rank of high priest and was a member of the Council of the Twelve in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; was President of the Ogden Board of Education; and served his profession as President of the Weber County Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In that same tradition, Myrene has accomplished much through her service to her community, her church, and her family’s business. An enthusiastic supporter of civic programs, she has been Vice Chairwoman of the Ogden Development Committee and the Ogden League for Better Government; a charter member and officer of the Thomas D. Dee Hospital Volunteers Auxillary in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served an eighteen month mission to Houston, Texas in 1979 – 1980. Following the death of her husband in 1971, she took on the responsibility of managing the J.W. Brewer Tire Company, acting as Chairman of the Board for both the Utah and the Colorado divisions.

Perhaps Myrene’s greatest contributions have been made through her involvement in Republican Party politics at the local, state and national levels. She was a precinct and district voting chairman from 1932 – 1938 and again from 1960 – 1964; Vice President of Utah State Federated Women’s Republican Club, 1969 – 1971; and Republican National Committeewoman for Utah, 1972 – 1976. In addition, she was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, District VIII; served as a member of the Electoral College in 1972; and was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1968 and 1972.

For her many achievements as a political activist, businesswoman, and civic leader, Myrene was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the Alumni Association of Weber State College in November, 1980.


8 Boxes

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Box 1 Correspondence

Box 2 Newsclippings, Newsletters and Press Releases

Box 3 Publications, Reports, and Rosters

Box 4 Subject Files

Box 5 Subject Files

Box 6 Subject Files

Box 7 Miscellaneous Publications A-O

Box 8 Miscellaneous Publications P-W

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Repository Details

Part of the WSU Stewart Library Special Collections Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408