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Dr. Barbara Brown Memorial Fund announced by Simon Institute


The Barb Brown Memorial Fund is being established by many donors through the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute to honor the life and legacy of Barbara L. Brown, Ph.D.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University, she taught in the department of political science as well as American government and democracy classes to international students through a summer program funded by the U.S. State Department.

She later served as clerk of the courts in Randolph County. She was a co-founder of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, vice chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, co-founder of Southwestern Illinois Democratic Women, founder of Southern Illinois Democratic Women, and former chairwoman of the Randolph County Democratic Central Committee. She attended and was a nine-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, a two-time candidate for Illinois 58th State Senate District, and served notable roles in the campaigns of Presidents Clinton and Obama.

The purpose and intent of the fund is to enrich the educational opportunities for students of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and promote the principle that public higher education shares a responsibility to encourage public service.

Donations are accepted online at or send a check made out to the Southern Illinois University Foundation and specifying Barb Brown Memorial Fund in the note line to:

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute
SIU Carbondale, Mail Code 4429
1231 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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