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Brown Makes Gift-Giving a Lifelong Affair

Nov. 16, 2012

Giles T. Brown, associate vice president emeritus for academic programs and graduate studies and professor emeritus of history, has dedicated his life to making good on the promise to provide Cal State Fullerton students a quality education.

Brown, 96, joined the history faculty in 1960 when the campus was called Orange County State College. As a professor and administrator, he championed the opportunity for students of diverse backgrounds to pursue an advanced education.

In the 1960s the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education promised an affordable public education for all its citizens. Economic and political realities have put that promise in jeopardy.

“I hope the University can continue to serve the people and the citizens of our state as the Master Plan intended,” Brown said.

His career included serving as founding chair and professor of history; being named the University’s Outstanding Professor in 1966; serving as dean of graduate studies and eventually as associate vice president for academic programs and graduate studies. In 1981, the University honored Brown by establishing and awarding the first Cal State Fullerton Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award.

Brown retired in 1983, but his support has never ceased. In 2002, the Newport Beach resident established the Giles T. Brown Endowment for Graduate Studies. He recently funded a $100,000 gift annuity, his seventh, to the University.

“I want to leave something to Fullerton because higher education in California is something I treasure.”

For more about planned giving and gift annuities to support CSUF, please contact Joan Rubio, senior director of central development, at or 657-278-3947.

By: Michael Mahi, 657-278-5143

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