Remembering the Life and Legacy of John Brown Jr.

Letter from President Pollard

June 3, 2011

Dear JBU Trustees, Faculty, Staff and Students,

I have some sad news. John Brown III called me this morning to tell me that his father, John Brown, Jr., passed away this morning, and he asked me to let the JBU family know. John, Jr. had hip replacement surgery earlier this week, and seemed to be recovering well until this morning when he had a variety of complications that led to his death. As John III said to me, his Dad always wanted to live a full and independent life, and he was able to do that up until these last few days, which was a great blessing.

At 89, Chancellor Brown was only two years younger than the university itself, and he gave almost all of his life in service to JBU. God used him to bless the people of JBU in so many ways, and we are all the beneficiaries of his good work.

Carey and I will miss him dearly as will the entire JBU community, and we join together in extending our deepest love and sympathy to the Brown family during this time of grief. But, as John III also reminded me again this morning, we do “not grieve as others do who have no hope” because we know that “the dead in Christ will rise first” (I Thessalonians 4:13, 15).

Information regarding Chancellor Brown’s services is still pending. We will post that information on the JBU website as soon as it becomes available.

May Christ bring comfort to all those who grieve the loss of Chancellor John Brown, Jr. as He also renews our hope in power of His resurrection.

All God’s blessings,

Dr. Charles W. Pollard

President, John Brown University