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Hazel Brown, longest-serving faculty member for SON, recounts her formative years

Portrait of Hazel BrownDr. Hazel Brown is the longest-serving faculty member in the UNCG School of Nursing to date. She retired in 2011, and will return to campus Wednesday, April 24, 4 p.m. for a reading in the Pecky Cypress Room, Alumni House.

Her book, “Sharecropper’s Daughter,” details the first 22 years of her life. “I was raised in 12 different tenant farmer’s houses and changed schools many times in mid-year,” she explained last week. “We had electricity at age 8, a washing machine at age 9 – my Grandpa bought it for Mama, first had running water at age 12, and never lived in a house with a bathroom. I earned all of the money for clothes and anything else I had from age 7 1/2 until today. Through a series of miracles I got into Berea College, in Berea, KY, and graduated in 1962, and I have not been poor since.”

Dr. Hazel Brown joined the the UNCG School of Nursing in 1974, serving for 37 years. She taught maternity nursing in the baccalaureate program and nursing administration in the master’s program. She was chair of the Maternal-Child Department for about two decades. In her final 10 years at UNCG, she was the first Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor. She chaired the Faculty Senate and the University Promotion and Tenure committee.

She made a big difference not only for her students and the university, but for young people in our community. She co-developed and led two adolescent pregnancy prevention programs: Dollar-A-Day, for five years, followed by the College Bound Sisters (CBS) programs on campus for 20 years. The latter received many awards.

She was honored with an endowed Nursing scholarship in her name. Her daughter Mona received her MSN degree from the School of Nursing – and there are many other UNCG ties, throughout the university.

Her daughter Nadja Brown Ramsay completed her baccalaureate degree in music; Nadja’s husband, Mark Ramsay, earned his music degree there also. Dr. Brown’s son, David Brown, completed a baccalaureate degree in economics and was Student Government Association president. He is now an attorney in Greensboro. A scholarship at the Bryan School is named for her husband, Leonard Brown.

The reading and book signing is open to the public. The reading is sponsored by the School of Nursing.