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Former Loyola professor Dorothy Brown remembered

January 25, 2013

Dorothy Harrell Brown, Ph.D., professor emerita of English at Loyola University New Orleans and 1991 recipient of the Dux Academicus Award, passed away Jan. 13 in Decatur, Ga., where she had lived since July 2011. She was 86. Brown’s ashes will be interred in the family cemetery in Hot Springs, Ark., and a service of remembrance will be held in New Orleans during the first week of April.

Brown was a much-beloved teacher and energetic member of the Loyola community from 1975 until her retirement in 1996. She co-edited “Louisiana Women Writers” with Loyola professor Barbara Ewell, Ph.D. Brown was one of Loyola’s first foreign studies professors and took students to England, Scotland and Ireland. She also led theater tours for credit and non-credit in the U.K., U.S. and Canada.

Brown left a lasting impression on Loyola. She was a founding member of Loyola’s women’s studies program and the Women’s Resource Center. Brown and her late husband, Max I. Brown, along with friends and students, gave the first professorship in Loyola’s former evening liberal arts program, City College. The Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professorship is currently held by her friend and colleague Ewell.

Her Loyola and non-Loyola English and theater colleagues published a book in her honor, “Performance for a Lifetime,” when she retired from Loyola. Brown was also a member of a number of professional organizations and was chair of the southeastern division of the American Religion and Literature Society.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial gifts in Brown’s honor be made to the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library’s Max I. and Dorothy Harrell Brown Endowment.

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