Brown Trust Makes Major
$350,000 Largest Single Donation
Cowley County Community College has been designated to receive a $350,000 gift from the Daisy E. and Paul H. Brown Charitable Trust. The gift is being made to assist with the construction of a new classroom and student success center.
The Browns had strong ties to Arkansas City and the surrounding area. They spent their married lives living in Arkansas City, where they reared two children, Esther Giffin and Max Brown, both of whom now live in the Kansas City area. Terri Morrow, dean of development and college relations, said the gift would be a tremendous boost to the college. “We are thrilled about this very significant gift from the Daisy and Paul Brown Trust,” Morrow said. “(Cowley President) Dr. (Pat) McAtee and I have greatly enjoyed working with Esther and Don and their daughter Sally, and Max and Mary.
They have directed funds from the Trust to several wonderful projects in Ark City. Literally thousands of people will enjoy the benefits of the new Student Success Center and the improvements to our parks.” According to the family, the Browns were good working people who were careful with their money and their lifestyle. It surprised them that they were able to accumulate so much money.
Daisy, whose maiden name was Webb, graduated from Arkansas City High School and Arkansas City Junior College, the latter in 1949. She received a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College, and was a career teacher, having taught in one-room country schoolhouses, and later in schools in Arkansas City and Wichita.
Daisy and Paul met when he was working in Arkansas City as a mechanic for the Ford dealership. After World War II, he worked as an inspector for Boeing in Wichita. As an inspector, he prided himself in never having “lost a test pilot.” Paul’s education was gained mainly through on-the-job training. He was a self-taught person who loved learning.
Paul died in 1994 and Daisy died in 1997. The $350,000 gift is the largest single donation in Cowley’s 79-year history. The Daisy E. and Paul H. Brown Charitable Trust also has provided funds for improvements to Pershing Park and Paris Park, both in Arkansas City.