Thomas C. Brown, Jr. '67
In its 175 years of history, Davidson College has developed a much-deserved reputation for producing alumni who have gone on to represent their alma mater through exemplary lives of leadership and service. Many of them have maintained lifelong relationships with Davidson. No finer example exists of these attributes than that of Tom Brown of the Class of 1967.
At Davidson, Tom served as treasurer of the Interfraternity Council, as vice-president of the APO service fraternity and as president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was also a member of the Philanthropic Literary Society and Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. He was recognized as a Distinguished Military Student and he earned a spot on the Dean's List and in Who's Who.
After graduation, Tom went on to law school at the University of Virginia, where he specialized in health-care law. In 2008, he received recognition among the "Legal Elite" in Virginia Business Magazine and in 2010 was named in The Best Lawyers in America list for corporate law and healthcare law.
Tom has been instrumental in raising awareness of Davidson College in high schools in Virginia. He also looks out for the overall wellness of current Davidson students, as demonstrated in a recent note to the college, which said, "I do have some lingering concerns about Davidson's reputation for having an unusually demanding work environment. I recently read a Washington Post article that said that graduated 20-somethings are not making any time for personal relationships with the opposite sex because they are so driven to be a ‘success' in the business world. If these kids do not make room for fun in college, when are they going to have some?"
Throughout his own college fun and professional successes, Tom has not only maintained the leadership qualities he displayed while at Davidson but has also stayed true to serving others. He has served three times as a reunion volunteer, and on the Board of Visitors for six years. In 2008, he established the Tom. C. Brown Jr. scholarship, which, as part of the Davidson Trust, funds the education of a student who otherwise might not have been able to attend the college. He also served this year as gift chair for his class's 45th reunion celebration.
For your leadership and service to Davidson; for your steadfastness and humor in helping Davidson achieve its lofty goals; and for thinking ahead to future generations while being such a vital force in your own generation, the Davidson College Alumni Association, takes great pride and pleasure in presenting you, Thomas Cartmel Brown, with the Alumni Service Award on this occasion of your 45th Reunion.