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Remembering Giles Brown

Campus Administrator, Founding History Chair Died Last Month

Jan. 3, 2014

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Giles T. Brown

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A founding member of Cal State Fullerton's History Department and an administrator recognized for his "permanent imprint on the University's curricula" and "legacy of inspired students," has died.

Giles T. Brown, associate vice president emeritus for academic programs, dean emeritus of graduate studies and professor emeritus of history, died Dec. 28 at the age of 97.

A widely experienced educator and administrator at Orange Coast College, Brown joined CSUF in 1960 as professor, History Department chair and chair of the Division of Social Sciences.

He would continue to rise in the University's ranks, becoming Cal State Fullerton's first dean of graduate studies in 1967 and later, associate vice president for academic programs in 1979. During his tenure, the University developed 29 of its then 39 master's degree programs. He retired in 1983.

Recipient of Cal State Fullerton's highest faculty honor, the Outstanding Professor Award in 1966, Brown was an inveterate world traveler throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle and Far East and South America. While abroad, he garnered interviews with such world leaders as the Dalai Lama and President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines.

Such world travel was recognized in 1978, when he was elected to the Explorers Club, a New York City-based organization that promoted scientific exploration, research and education.

Brown's dedication to Cal State Fullerton and to student scholarship was honored in 1981, when the Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award was inaugurated. The award is presented annually to "a student whose thesis represents the highest standard of scholarly accomplishment."

In retirement, Brown continued to support CSUF and its students, creating the Giles T. Brown Endowment for Graduate Studies. In recognition of his many contributions to the institution, the Beth and Giles T. Brown Conference Room, in Room 103F in McCarthy Hall, was named in his and his wife's honor in 2006. A year later, he was recognized as a Gold Legacy Honoree — for contributions of $1 million or more — during the University's Legends & Legacies gala.

"I do think teaching has the vitality of changing people, if it's done well," he says in this short video, which touches on how he chose education as his career field, his role in the University's formative years and his legacy of giving.

Brown earned his undergraduate degree from San Diego State, his master's degree from the UC Berkeley and doctorate from Claremont Graduate School.

He is survived by nieces Roxanna Price, Jane Frodsham, Judy Bonham and Joanne Aguinaga, as well as nephew Stephen Frodsham.

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