Professor Emerita Brown Passes Away

Posted: March 2, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: April 30, 2010 at 9:37 am

Lorraine A. Brown. Creative Services photo

The university community mourns the passing of Professor Emerita of English Lorraine A. Brown, who died on Feb. 27.

Brown retired from Mason in February 2009 after 42 years of service. In 2007, she and Don Gallehr, English, were recognized as the first university employees to reach the 40-year milestone of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

According to an announcement of her death from the Faculty Senate, Brown headed up a research effort on the Federal Theatre Project, which catalogued and preserved writings and other materials created during the Great Depression that are housed at Fenwick Library. She also did pioneering work in curricular development as one of the founders of Mason’s program in Women’s Studies (now Women and Gender Studies).

Brown was a long-time member of the Faculty Senate, where she had served on the Executive Committee and on the Faculty Handbook Revision Committee, whose two years of work culminated in the adoption of the revised handbook in 2009.

Brown was a past president of the George Mason Chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

She had BA and MA degrees from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from the University of Maryland.

Brown is survived by a daughter, Tamara Liller. The funeral, a grave site service only, is scheduled for noon on Thursday, March 4, at the Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Attendees are asked to meet at the administrative office near the Burke Station Road entrance and proceed to the grave site, where a tent and chairs will be set up.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

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