J. Alvin and Mabel Brown Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Donors: Jerome Elward and Grace Klopfenstein Brown
Mrs. J. Alvin (Mabel) Brown
Mrs. James (Ruth) Brown
J. Alvin was the brother of John Brown University's founder, John E. Brown Sr. When the founder purchased the land where the university is located, Alvin and his wife, Mabel, moved from Iowa to manage the farm. They lived in Sager cabin for about ten years. The university had the first registered jersey herd in Arkansas, and Alvin ran the dairy. Alvin also helped his brother make calls to raise money for the university, and Mabel served in several ways, acting often as a “housemother” for the students. Years later Alvin and Mabel moved to southern California to lead the fundraising and development work of the Brown schools, military academy and radio station. The present J. Alvin dorm, named in Alvin’s honor, was the first permanent building on the campus. J. Alvin and Mabel had 2 sons, James and Jerome Elward Brown.