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Physician’s Estate Supports Radiography School
AUGUSTA, GA. (Jan. 20, 2010) – The estate of Stephen W. Brown, M.D., Augusta’s pioneering radiologist, donated $10,000 this month to support and further the education of radiology technicians at University Hospital.
The donation is part of a combined $20,000 donation made to University Health Care Foundation. Half of that was designated as direct support for University’s Stephen W. Brown School of Radiography.
Dr. Brown founded the school and was its biggest supporter until his death in April 2008, said his daughter, Avis Brown Yount, M.D.
“It was his goal to have a school that educated well-trained technicians for the Augusta medical community,” Dr. Yount said. “He hardly ever missed a graduation. He really wanted it to be a success.”
Born in 1914, Dr. Brown was a native of Hawkinsville, Ga., and grew up in the Milledgeville area. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University in 1938 and then went on to intern at U.S. Army hospitals, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also trained in the Mayo Clinic and at University Hospital. He served as chairman of the University’s Department of Radiology from 1955 until he retired in 1986. He also was on the clinical faculty for Medical College of Georgia.
Patricia Graham, program director for the School of Radiography, said the money will be used to fund scholarships for top juniors and seniors, as well as other educational needs. She said the donation was a testament to the thoughtfulness and dedication of the late Dr. Brown.
“He was a really brilliant man and he will be greatly missed,” she said. “We will always be appreciative for all he has done for the field of radiology and for University.”