Brother Alfred Brousseau F.S.C.
Alfred Brousseau was born on February 17, 1907, one of six children, in North Beach in San
Francisco. His family moved to Napa, Suisun and back to San Francisco.
On August 14, 1920, he entered the Juniorate at Martinez, and transferred
to the Novitiate in the summer of 1923, receiving the robe on July 31, 1923.
He entered the Scholasticate at St. Mary's College in the year 1924 (with
about three years of High School training), from which he went teaching to
Sacred Heart after the summer of 1926, at the age of 19. Assigned to St.
Mary's College in August 1930 (without an AB degree) he both taught and
studied diligently so that by 1937 he had earned a Ph. D. in Physics from
the University of California.
He was appointed Principal of Sacred Heart High School in 1941 and then
Provincal of the District of California in 1944. He returned to St. Mary's
College in 1959. He has published 56 articles in journals of national
circulation and has given 46 invited lectures to large audiences
all over the United
States at mathematics conferences for the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics as well as for the
California Mathematics Council.
For 25 years
he provided original contest problems for a state wide junior and senior high
school competition. He was one of the founding fathers and managing editor
and publisher of The Fibonacci Quarterly. He served as Treasurer and
as President of the California Mathematics Council, Northern Section, and
later as President of the entire State Council.
As a result of a donation by the
California Mathematics Council to the
building fund of NCM, his name is inscribed on a plaque at the new national
headquarters outside Washington, D.C. Brother Alfred was featured in an
article in TIME magazine, April 4,1969.
Among his many hobbies was that of photography. Brother Alfred
Brousseau made a collection of 35mm color slides of
Native Wildflowers of California
which consisted of over 20,000 slides covering a a range of more
than 2,000 species of flowers, all of which he diligently classified and
recorded date and place of photographing. He also has a magnificent collection of
California wilderness scenery, especially of the Sierra Nevada,
as well as a collection of mushrooms, pine trees and sea weed.
These collections can be viewed online here: