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Awarded to a member of the alumni community whose service, dedication and commitment to alma mater are extraordinary.
Despite career demands and numerous international relocations, Hollis ‘69 and Gail (Puderbaugh) Brown ‘69 have demonstrated selfless loyalty to Bucknell for the past 50 years.
After graduating from Bucknell in 1969, Hollis began his career with a consulting engineering firm, while Gail taught high school math in the Baltimore County School System. In 1970, Hollis joined active duty as a Lieutenant with the US Army Corps of Engineers, eventually serving in Virginia, South Korea and Maryland.
In 1972, Hollis left the Army to work as an engineer for Mobil Oil, and the Browns relocated to Saudi Arabia. They spent over 10 years in Saudi Arabia (including interim assignments in Houston and Milan) raising two sons, Mike and Tom ‘97, and dedicating countless hours to volunteer work, including a women's group, a cooperative nursery school, Cub Scouts, and Minor League baseball.
The Browns returned to the United States in 1986 and settled in New Jersey. Hollis completed assignments with Mobil Research and Development in Princeton, N.J., Saudi Arabia (again), and Yokohama, Japan, while Gail continued her work in education. After a 25-year period managing Saudi projects, Hollis and Gail returned to Houston. Gail regularly served in volunteer roles at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Hollis retired as Chief Engineer, Project Management, ExxonMobil Chemical Company in 2005.
Despite the twists and turns of their journey, Gail and Hollis never fail to support their alma mater, serving the University in numerous volunteer and philanthropic roles over the past 50 years. Their second son, Tom, followed in their footsteps to Bucknell and graduated in 1997.
In 2005, the Browns established the Owen Brown Memorial Scholarship in memory of their first grandchild, who passed away at five months of age. Gail served the Alumni Association Board of Directors for a total of eight years as part of the Admissions and Membership and Nominations Committees. Hollis has served on numerous Reunion committees, and has served on the Bison Club Board, three years as Chairman. The Browns are currently serving on the class of 1969's 50th Reunion Committee -- Hollis as co-chair of the Outreach Committee and Gail on the Program Committee.
Today, the Browns live between Washington Crossing, PA, and Hilton Head Island, SC, enjoying time spent with family and friends.