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BROWN, Joy JOY SAN WALKER BROWN Joy San Walker Brown was born to Dave and Mable Walker in Coldspring, Texas. She graduated with honors from Phyllis Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas, and was elected Miss Wheatley, Homecoming Queen. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at Spelman College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. Although she planned to attend medical school following matriculation at Spelman College, the realities of the time regarding women in medicine - the 1950s - prevented such an endeavor. She married her college sweetheart and relentlessly pursued community service and the development of other young, scientific minds. After eleven years of teaching elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee, her passion was redirected to raising her two daughters and serving her community. Joy San's numerous activities included: Friends of Spelman College; Board of the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth, Editor of "Net News"; Board of Governors of WXIA-TV - 11 Alive Community Service Awards; Board Member of the Atlanta Committee for Public Education; Vice Chair of the Fulton County Jury Commission; Chairman of the Board of Atlanta Clean City Commission (appointed by Mayor Andrew Young until 1986); founding member of the Phoenix Chapter of the League of Women Voters; Board Member of Visiting Nurses Association; Chair of the Public Affairs Committee for the YMCA of Greater Atlanta; Life Member of the NAACP; Advisory Board Member of Phyllis Wheatley Branch of YWCA; Member of the Board of Atlanta Parents and Public Linked for Education; Chair and Co-Chair of many committees for the Auxiliary to Atlanta Medical Association; former Chair of the Bridges Across Atlanta; Member of the Board of Senior Citizens Services; Member of the Board of Visiting Nurses Association; Member of the Board of YWCA of Greater Atlanta; Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for the Atlanta Children's Theater Guild; The Links, Inc., Atlanta Chapter, former President, Vice-President, and Chair of multiple committees, Coordinator of "Project Lead"; Utopian Literary Club; The Girlfriends, Inc., Atlanta Chapter, Past President and Treasurer; Just for Friends; Les Girls Bridge; Habitat for Humanity; Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; UNICF; Atlanta Urban League; UNCF; 100 Black Women of Metropolitan Atlanta; High Museum of Art; Alliance Theater; Friends of the Auburn Avenue Research Library; the Piedmont Park Conservancy; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; O.N.O. Bridge Club; and Leadership Atlanta. She was also heavily involved with Spelman College, a life member of the National Alumnae Association. Joy San organized and chaired Spelman Class of 1952 homecoming activities from her graduation until her death. She was also the recipient of the coveted Spelman College Founder's Spirit Award. Additionally, Joy San received the following honors: 1985 Woman of the Year for Atlanta Clean City Commission, Honorary Membership in Golden Key National Honor Society, and Breakfast at Tiffany's Spelman College - Alumnae Achievement Awards for Civic Duties. Joy San was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Calvin A. Brown, Jr., a family physician and graduate of Morehouse College and Meharry Medical College. She is survived by her daughters, Dr. JoiSanne Brown Richmond and Dr. SannaGai Brown; sister, Lena Walker Gilmore of Houston, Texas; brothers, Paul D. Walker of Augusta, Georgia; Phillip Clifton Turner of Rosharon, Texas; and Lee Vernon Cochran of Washington, D.C. Joy San's extended family includes cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, god-children and friends. Her wishes for cremation were arranged by Murray Brothers Funeral Home. The celebration of A Life Well Lived will be held at Spelman College's Sister Chapel on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 1:00 PM, followed by a repast in the atrium of the Manley Center on Spelman's campus. In her honor, the attire for this celebration is her favorite colors: black and white. In lieu of flowers, Joy San requested that donations be made to Spelman College in her name at Spelman College, 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta, Georgia 30314.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2012