Caroline Brown Endowed Scholarship
Donor: Family and Friends of Caroline Brown
From 1948 to 1979, Ella Caroline Trahin Brown served the John Brown University family faithfully as the President's wife. She married John E. Brown Jr., son of JBU founder John E. Brown Sr., in 1941. They were married for 63 years and 31 of those years she spent as first lady of JBU. Caroline was a lifetime resident of Siloam Springs, graduated from Siloam Springs High School and from JBU in 1947 receiving a BA in English. Her son, John E. Brown III, said that he and his sisters watched their mother interact with different types of people while they were at JBU, and she treated them all the same way. "She's your best friend even if you've just met her. She makes you feel comfortable no matter who you are," he said. Caroline Brown's legacy goes beyond her impact on people at JBU. She was also significantly involved in the community of Siloam Springs.
Mrs. Brown earned an associate degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas in 1974 and later completed the requirements for a license in Social Work. She became Director of Patient Services at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital and retired (the second time) in 2000 following 26 years of service. In 2000, Mrs. Brown was recognized with a Pioneer Citizen Award by the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce. She was presented the Dr. Frist Humanitarian Award by Quorum Healthcare in 1986. Caroline Brown passed away in 2005.