BROWN, Dorothy Ann (Callaway)|
Dorothy Ann Callaway Brown was born on February 28, 1940 and passed away on February 4, 2014. She was married to Professor R. Malcolm Brown, Jr. for fifty three beautiful years, and together they shared an amazing life. She was the proud and loving parent of two beautiful children, David Malcolm and Julie Christine. She also had a handsome grandson, Christopher Mahurin.
Ann met Malcolm on a double date with their best friends, and it was love at first sight for both. Ann and Malcolm completed their undergraduate degrees together at The University of Texas at Austin where Ann majored in English and minored in French. When Malcolm was in Graduate School studying Botany, Ann helped with finances by teaching at the Saint Austin Catholic School.
Ann was preceded in death by her mother and father, Dorothy and Paul T. Callaway of Austin, Texas, her mother and father-in-law, Dr. R. Malcolm and Clementine Brown of Pampa, Texas, her aunt and uncle, Gerald and Maxine Steele of Pleasanton, Texas, her maternal grandfather and grandmother, B. Arthur Stovall and Agnes Craig Stovall of San Antonio, Texas, and her maternal grandfather and grandmother Tracy King Callaway and Lucy Jones Callaway of Temple, Texas.
Ann is survived by her husband, R. Malcolm Brown, Jr., her son, David Malcolm Brown and her daughter, Julie Christine Brown of Austin, Texas, her grandchild, Christopher Mahurin, her sister Jane Elizabeth Callaway of Tyler, Texas, and her brother James Callaway of Roanoke, Virginia. Ann also is survived by her brother-in-law, Michael Brown and his wife Gail, of Avon, Connecticut, her brother-in-law, Mark Brown and his wife, Claudia, of Greeley, Colorado, and Malcolm's first cousin, Eileen Gorss, of Southborough, Massachusetts.
Ann and Malcolm had the most beautiful lives together both in Austin, Texas where they were married on August 26, 1961 at the University United Methodist Church and in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where they lived for thirteen years. During Malcolm's two teaching careers at Austin (1965-68 and 1981-present), Ann made many friends. She was especially fond of the Book Group and her friends in the University Ladies Club. Ann was ahead of her time with computers. Ann had a thirst for learning new things. She took courses in computer science and learned how to run computers in several jobs she had at the University. She also enrolled in school and completed her paralegal degree.
In 2010, her husband, Malcolm, established the Ann Callaway Brown Endowment Fund for the UT String Project in the Butler School of Music, the very same Project where Ann, as a little girl, learned how to play the violin at The University of Texas at Austin. She was an excellent violinist. Ann became concert mistress of the University String Project Orchestra. She and Malcolm loved classical music.
Ann treasured the outdoors and for many summers she and Malcolm would go to Aspen, Colorado and surrounds where they could take in the fresh mountain air, listen to beautiful concerts, and hike the beautiful trails in and about Aspen. Perhaps the most beautiful place they frequented was Maroon Bells. During the past 12 years, Malcolm and Ann rented a beautiful condo in Aspen.
While in Aspen during the summers, Ann and Malcolm would invite many of their friends to come join them for a week or so. Among those dear friends invited was a professor in Bonn, Germany. Earlier he had hosted Ann and Malcolm in Germany, telling them about the origin of the Trappist Monks in Europe and then introducing them to the monks at St. Benedict's Monastery in nearby old Snowmass, Colorado. Ann and Malcolm befriended the monks, and to this day the Brown family is appreciative to these faithful brethren for their continual prayers and support. Father Joseph Boyle, the Abbot has been especially helpful during these trying days.
The Brown Family is truly indebted to Ann's faithful caregivers who helped make life easier for her. These include Santos and Lupe Santos for their incredible generosity and love, Delores Chacon, and Luisa Navarro. Santos built ramps and railings, and he and Malcolm planted Ann's Garden with beautiful roses. Santos also kept their home beautifully running during more than 26 years of loyal friendship.
Ann and the family were fortunate to travel the world. They spent a year in Freiburg, W. Germany in 1969. Ann and the children readily adapted to the culture in a nearby village, Denzlingen. In 1981, the Brown's lived for a year in Canberra, Australia, where Malcolm was a visiting research fellow. Ann and Malcolm made many good friends in Canberra. In 2000, Malcolm and Ann were invited to Japan to celebrate his 60th birthday, and their many friends attended.
Most of all, Ann loved her family. She and Malcolm were always deeply in love and respected each other. When they were alone in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, they were perhaps the closest to each other. They appreciated classical music and especially in the summers on a tarp in the grass outside of the music tent in Aspen where the great sounds of the symphony mixed in with the trembling of the aspen leaves and gentle winds of the summer. Ann sacrificed her time and energy to see that Malcolm's professional career would get off to a good start. A woman of compassion and love, the first thing one noticed was Ann's big, beautiful smile and huge heart. She was a superb mother to David and Julie, always tending to their needs up until the time of her stroke on July 17, 2009.
A Memorial Service remembering and honoring Ann and her life will be at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705, Tel 512-452-8811 at 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 13, 2014. The service also will be recorded and Webcast for those who cannot attend. Please contact the Funeral Home if you would like to participate in this manner. Burial in Austin Memorial Park Cemetery will be at a later time to be announced. Instead of flowers or gifts, friends are encouraged to contribute in memory of Ann to the Ann Callaway Endowment Fund for the UT String Project in the Butler School of Music (visit: http://endowments.giving.utexas.edu/5294/). Contact: The University of Texas at Austin; Butler School of Music; 2406 Robert Dedman Drive; Austin, TX. 78712-1555; Attn. Development)
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014