Awarded to a member of the alumni community whose service, dedication and commitment to alma mater are extraordinary.

Joann Golightly Brown '48

Joann Brown's '48 commitment to and engagement with Bucknell has been an inspiration to Bucknellians for the past 70 years.

Brown's family roots are embedded deeply in Bucknell, beginning with her father, Joshua Golightly, class of 1914. Her late sister, Eleanor Golightly McChesney, graduated in 1946 and both of her children, Jeff Brown '79 and Jill Brown Waters '82 are Bucknellians. Much to her delight, Brown's granddaughter, Jenny, is a current student in the class of 2021.

A lifelong servant of Bucknell, Brown has served as the 1948 Class Reporter for the past 70 years. She has attended every reunion since graduation and has volunteered with her reunion committee each year without fail. Brown established a scholarship in memory of her late sister, Eleanor, and never misses an opportunity to attend the annual Scholarship Day Luncheon to personally meet the scholarship recipient. In 2011, the Brown family changed the scholarship to include Joann's name. She is a Bison football and basketball fan, and a longtime member of the Bison Club.

In the words of her daughter, Brown is "the most loyal Bucknellian I've ever known."

Following graduation in 1948, Brown worked at the Newark office of the FBI where she met her husband, Jim. She retired from the Bureau in 1957 and together, they entered the insurance world with the launch of the James A. Brown Agency Inc., in Roselle Park, NJ. Brown worked as the office manager and bookkeeper for 58 years, until the business was sold in 2017. Now retired, she is active in her church and stays busy with family and friends--often paying visits to her granddaughter at Bucknell and family in Northern Virginia.

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