Friday, April 8, 2011
Clarine and George Brown spent most of their lives in West Texas. During her life, Clarine was a school teacher and spent a great deal of time assessing charitable causes. George predeceased Clarine in 2003, and Clarine recently passed away. Clarine established funds for each of the communities they loved to provide grants related to health and education needs in perpetuity.
On March 3, her co-executors presented the Permian Basin Area Foundation with a $1 million gift. Other gifts she made include: “$25,000 gift to Midland College, $40,000 to Midland High School, $40,000 to Lee High School, $50,000 to Community and Senior Services of Midland, Inc.,…$40,000 to Midland Memorial Hospital[,]…$25,000 to Odessa College, $40,000 to Odessa High School, $40,000 to Permian High School, $10,000 to First Presbyterian Church of Odessa, $50,000 to UTPB, $10,000 to Ector County Library,… $10,000 to the Andrews County Library, $40,000 to Andrews High School, $25,000 to the Haley Memorial Library, $10,000 to the Dora Roberts Heritage Museum, $40,000 to the West Texas Boys Ranch, and $40,000 to the High Sky Children’s Ranch.”
“Clarine and George Brown did not request any recognition for leaving such an extraordinary legacy, but every West Texan should walk a little prouder knowing that the Browns are representatives of a spirit of generosity and forward thinking found among those we call neighbors and friends.”
Cory McDowell, LETTER: Brown Estate Generous to Local Schools, OA Online, Apr. 6, 2011.