Architect: Hastings & Chivetta
H. Keith H. Brodie (1939-2016) came to Duke in 1974 as chair of the department of psychiatry. In 1982, he became Chancellor of the University, and went on to become the seventh president of Duke University, serving from 1984-1993. He retained his professorship, and continued to teach classes in psychobiology after his tenure as president.
Brenda Barrowclough Brodie (1942- ) earned her bachelor’s in nursing from Columbia University in 1965. She is a former president of the Durham Arts Council, and served on the Duke Women's Studies Council, the Duke drama program advisory board, and the Friends of Duke Chapel.
The Brodie Recreation Center is a 31,000 square foot addition to the original East Campus Gymnasium, formerly known as the Alumni Memorial Gymnasium. Built in 1996, the entire complex was renamed after the Brodies.
The original building, Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, was erected in 1922-1923 with funds from alumni and friends of the college as a memorial to the Trinity men killed in World War I. The building featured a gymnasium and swimming pool, and was also used for dances and other social functions.