Barrett Lee McKown, son of Harold E. and and Della McCready McKown, was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. Professor McKown was graduated from the University of Maryland, where he received his Bachelor of Science. He then received his Master of Biological Science degree from the American University. Professor McKown married Anne Willson Grim in 1965. They currently reside in Edgewater, Maryland.

Professor McKown has enjoyed an illustrious teaching career in secondary education. He taught biology at Suitland High School 1957-1961 and at DuVal High School 1961-1970; and taught biology, zoology, anatomy and physiology at the Anne Arundel Community College 1970-1994, after which he retired with thirty-seven years teaching experience. He served as Chairman of the College Science Division 1974-1978; as Assistant Professor of Biology 1970-1973; as Associate Professor of Biology 1973-1979; and as Professor of Biology 1979-1994. He was named Professor of Biology Emeritus in 1994.


  • National Gavel Society (President; former Treasurer)

  • General Society of Colonial Wars (member of the Maryland Society)

  • Order of Founders and Patriots of America (former Governor of the Maryland Society)

  • Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Maryland (Treasurer)

  • National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (recipient of the Minute Man Award; former Vice President General of the Mid-Atlantic District; former President of the Maryland Society)

  • National Society Sons of Colonial New England (Honorary Governor General)

  • Continental Society Sons of Indian Wars (former Secretary General)

  • National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (former Captain General: former Governor of the Maryland Branch)

  • National Huguenot Society (former President of the Maryland Society)

  • National Society Sons of American Colonists (former Chaplain General)

  • Society of Mareen Duvall Descendants (Registrar)

  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

  • National Order of the Blue and Grey

  • Saint Andrews Society of Baltimore

  • Saint George's Society of Baltimore

Chivalric Orders

  • The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (Officer, bestowed by Elizabeth II, Queen of England)


Professor McKown was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Brereton C. Jones in 1990. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Public Library since 1983; and served as President from 1991-1994. He is a member of the Maryland Military Monuments Commission, having been appointed by the Governor of Maryland in 1994. Professor McKown serves as Archivist for the National Congress of Patriotic Organizations and as President of the Naval Academy Parents' and Sponsors' Club of Maryland.