BROWN,, MURIEL WINDHAM78, died in Denton, TX September 10. Graveside services will be held Friday, September 16 at the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery. Muriel was born November 19, 1926, to Gladys (Tedie) and Charles Windham. She was married to George W. Brown (d. May 2004) for 53 years. She grew up in Oak Cliff and later, Dallas. She graduated with a BA from SMU, and later received an MA from SMU, an MLS from UNT, and completed coursework for a PhD, Library Science. She had a 22 year career with the Dallas Public Library where she was head of the central library children's room, and the Children's Literature Specialist, playing an integral part in building their extensive children's and young adult rare books and reference collection. She later worked in the Hockaday upper school library. During her career, she served on both the Caldecott and Newberry award committees, the American and Texas Library Assocs. , and was the recipient of the Siddie Joe Johnson Award for "unique and sustained contribution of children's librarianship." Muriel co-wrote and helped to compile bibliographies for several books and was elected to many honorary societies including Phi Beta Kappa, Alhpha Lamda Sigma and Beta Phi Mu. She was most recently a consultant to BrailleInk, a non-profit publishing company of Braille/print children's books. A liberal thinker, she instilled the true value of democracy and freedom in her children, and had an intelligence and wit that will long be remembered by her family and friends. Muriel is survived by her sons, Lawrence W. Brown of Washington, DC; David M. Brown of Portland, OR; her daughter, Leslie A. Ligon of Denton; and five grand children. Donations instead of flowers may be made to the American Heart & Lung Assoc., a favorite public library or BrailleInk.org. DeBerry Funeral Directors Denton, TX940-383-4200
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Sep. 15, 2005.