Chapter Mourns the loss of Charter Member George Brown ‘52
—Alumni Corporation Treasurer from 1955 to 2005
April 23, 2019
Brother Brown served as Treasurer of the Delta Beta Alumni of Theta Chi, Inc. (House Corporation for 50 years!
Our condolences to Brother Robert Brown '50 on the loss of his brother George Brown '52 (right). Robert Brown is Roster Number 1 and served as the first president of Delta Beta Chapter. Younger brother George joined the fraternity prior to the chapter's installation and become Roster Number 19 in 1949 when the chapter was chartered. George passed away last week, after a long battle with congestive heart failure.
Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta at 11 a.m. on May 6th. All fraternity brothers are encouraged to attend. George's full biography and details on the services are provided below.
Robert Brown expressed his thanks to the fraternity for all the relationships that George enjoyed over the decades.
"George was as loyal a Theta Chi as there ever has been," commented Brother Robert. "He had Theta Chi tattooed on his chest, because it was in his heart."
Robert and George both have been supportive of the campaign to renovate the house. George told me that it was an honor to have the Library named after him at the Chapter's 40th Anniversary, but when we named the Foundation after him, he said he didn't have much choice to support it!
The George Brown Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, duly recognized by the IRS as a "Historic Preservation, Restoration, and Scholastic non-profit foundation to support our historic chapter house at 645 S. Milledge Avenue.
Scores of fraternity brothers remember trekking to George's accounting office in Atlanta to review the finances, and hold house corporation meetings. "George was the financial authority for the chapter and the house corporation. He once told me that it was an easy job to hold in the early days, because there wasn't much money to count!"
When the chapter purchased the house at 645 S. Milledge, and the chapter grew dramatically in the 1960s, the accounting became more complex. George persevered. He served as the Alumni treasurer from1955 until a heart attack sidelined him from life-long hobby of 50 years. He never lost interest in the fraternity. We continued to have lunch a couple of times a year in Marietta, and he enjoyed hearing about the chapter's continued growth and success. (By Wes Wicker)
George E. George E. Brown, 87, of Marietta, Georgia, died April 11, 2019 of complications from congestive heart failure. A memorial service will be held on May 6 at 11AM at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. The family will receive visitors in their home at 1PM following the service. His interment will be in the family cemetery in Willacoochee, Georgia at a date to be announced.
George was commissioned a second lieutenant in the air force upon graduation from the University of Georgia in June 1952, during the Korean War. He was assigned to the USAF Security Service and served overseas as squadron adjutant for two years and retiring in December 1955 as a first lieutenant. He was a partner in his CPA firm in Decatur, Georgia, a deacon and active member of First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, an avid fisherman, and an accomplished photographer.
Brown was a founding member of University of Georgia Theta Chi Fraternity; serving as alumni treasurer and student counselor for over fifty years. He was honored by having a national Theta Chi fundraiser conducted in his name and with the chapter library named after him. Though never married, 'Uncle George' was "number one" in the lives of generations of nieces and nephews, and other young relatives, as well as their friends. To George, you did not have to be kin to be family. He was there to help whenever and wherever needed. George Brown was a humble man with a generous heart who was loved and admired by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, two brothers, and a sister. He is survived by his brother, Robert E. Brown; sister, Virginia L. Brown of Marietta, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Robert (left) and George (right enjoyed lunch in December, 2018 with Past National President Joseph Couch '95 (Chi Chapter-Auburn) and Keith Newberry '99, Past President of the Delta Beta House Corporation.
Alumni may make contributions in Memory and Honor of George Brown to the George Brown Foundation-2870 Peachtree Road, Box 876; Atlanta, GA 30305.
All contributions are fully tax-deductible. The George Brown Foundation is a 501(c)(3) historic preservation and renovation organization, duly recognized by the IRS.
George was a loyal Delta Beta, not just for a day, month, or college term only, but for a lifetime.
_________________________________________________________________________________December 5, 2018
New Ways to Contribute to the House Renovation Campaign
Alumni may now support the campaign by contributing via credit card, PayPal, or Electronic Fund Transfer. Go to the “Donate” page and make a contribution in the manner you prefer. Of course, you can transfer stocks and bonds, or write a good ol’ fashion check!
The key thing is that everyone participates in the campaign. We can’t pay the fraternity back for the positive impact it has had on us, but we can “Pay it Forward” for future generations.
September 25, 2018
The Vision 70: An Investment in Our Future Campaign has passed the $500,000 mark. Thanks to 78 alumni who’ve made contributions and pledges, including three alumni from other chapters. Also, 100% of the active chapter began making contributions last year. The chapter has pledged $50,000 over five years.
August 1, 2018
The Vision 70 Campaign has reached $462,000 in contributions and multi-year pledges from just 77 alumni and the entire undergraduate chapter. The chapter pledged $50,000 over the next five years. They're making their first year's installment gift this month.
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The Case for Support
Our historic chapter house is now 112 years old, and has served more than 1,000 Theta Chis since our purchase of the home in 1961. And, we weren’t the first fraternity to live there! Decades of alumni leaders and undergraduate members have discussed a major capital project, but this is the first time a campaign of this magnitude has been attempted. The question is: “Can we count on you to step up and lead?”
The Vision 70 Presentation will show you that the Alumni Corporation has completed extensive planning and preparation work. If you have any questions about the plans or the campaign, please contact: Wes Wicker at 404-213-4446 or email@example.com.
Henry Bell ’89 Douglas Allen ‘90
President, Delta Beta Campaign Chairman
Alumni of Theta Chi, Inc. Former National President