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Limestone College named William W. Brown as its 2013 Philanthropist of the Year at a luncheon held at the Piedmont Club in Spartanburg on June 25.

“William has been a long-time friend and supporter of the College, and for that, all of us who work there are deeply grateful for what he has done and will continue to do," Dr. Bill Baker, Special Assistant to the President for Public Affairs, said in front of a capacity crowd at the event. “Not only does Limestone applaud William’s leadership, but so do the Peace Center, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and the Greenville Tech Foundation where William’s influence and support are prevalent.”

“As one who believes in the success of every child, his life-long interest is reflected in his dedication to creating opportunities for youth to be all that they can be,” Baker added.

Brown is a member of the Limestone Board of Trustees, and the College has benefited from the passion, leadership, and support that he contributes. He has provided two challenge grants for the current "Today’s Needs … Tomorrow’s Dreams” capital campaign. Last year, he issued a challenge grant to benefit the athletics portion of the campaign, the “Challenge for Champions.” This spring, he issued an additional challenge grant, “Knowledge is Power,” to benefit a new library.

In addition, Brown has supported numerous other projects including the Dixie Lodge, Fullerton Auditorium, and Winnie Davis Hall of History renovations, the Campbell Young Leaders and Robert S. Campbell Merit Scholarships, the Limestone Fund, and library resources.

“It is a real privilege and great opportunity for me to be involved with Limestone College,” Brown explained. “One of the reasons I am involved with Limestone is that I recognize the value that Limestone has meant to some people who have been very influential in my life. First, is my father, and also Bob and Betsy Campbell. Looking at their examples and seeing their love and support for students and how much they loved Limestone has made Limestone very dear to me."

In presenting the honor to Brown, College officials noted that through his vision, generosity, and devotion, Brown is the quintessential Limestone trustee and philanthropist.

Each year Limestone identifies a person whose generosity of spirit has touched the lives of many College constituents and bestows the honor of Philanthropist of the Year. Previous honorees include Betsy M. & Robert S. Campbell (1993), Faye Carter ’51 & G. Preston Edwards (1994), Robert A. Dobson III (1995), Bright Gresham ’37 & E. Raymond Parker (1996), Mary Ellen Davis ’52 & C. Graham Hopper, Jr. (1997), Charles A. Copeland (1999), Wylie Hamrick (2000), Hugh Alonzo Cathey (2001), Martha Anne Martin Cline ’36 (2003), Jean Scott Byars ’52 (2004), Drada Pate Hoover ’59 (2005), Pat Plyler Watts ’55 (2006), Jay Hammett (2007), Margaret Poole Littlejohn ’50 (2008), J. Grady Randolph (2009), Pat Williams Willis ’55 (2010), Ann Beam Crotzer ’56 (2011), and Ruby E. & John Travers (2012).


William Brown (second from left) with wife Karen (far left), and (left to right)
daughter Cathy Brown, sister-in-law Barbara Brown(Class of 1976), and brother
Jim Brown. The group is standing with a framed print of the Curtis
Administration building that was presented to William Brown after being named
Limestone College's 2013 Philanthropist of the Year on June 25. (Limestone
College Photo)