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Remembering Kathy

Charlie and Helen Brown endow two scholarships in memory of their daughter

Charlie and Helen Brown
Charlie and Helen Brown pose with one of their daughter’s favorite WSU mementos, a stuffed WuShock.

The death of Kathryn Brown was a searing tragedy for her parents, Charlie and Helen Brown. But, as they sit around a kitchen table in their Wichita home to talk about her, they do so mainly with smiles, laughter and affectionate anecdotes.

Kathy was 45 when she passed away in 2012 of complications stemming from her almost lifelong battle with lupus, an autoimmune disease. The Browns recently decided to honor her by establishing two scholarships at Wichita State.

About their gift: Charlie and Helen created the Kathryn C. Brown Scholarship in Business and the Kathryn C. Brown Scholarship in Health Professions. Kathy was working toward her accounting degree at WSU when she died. “It was her goal to obtain that degree despite all the obstacles thrown in her way,” says Charlie Brown. The Browns also wanted to support nursing students as a way to show their deep appreciation for all of the nurses who cared for Kathy during her illness.

"Kathy was a fighter, with mental toughness and a positive attitude. We know she would wholeheartedly approve of these donations in her honor and memory." - Charlie Brown

Why they chose to honor their daughter in this way: Both Kathy and her dad, who audited some courses with her at WSU, were impressed with the W. Frank Barton School of Business faculty. They also were big fans of the WSU men’s basketball program and attended games occasionally. Helen Brown took several music courses at Wichita State, and also felt an appreciation for the university.

About Charlie and Helen: Charlie got a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the University of Utah. He spent the early part of his career with Chevron, then took a job in 1977 with Koch Industries in Wichita. He is now retired. The Browns also have a son, Charles Tobin, who lives in Denver. Helen cared for the couple’s children and helped manage multiple moves around the country when Charlie worked for Chevron.