Hollis ’69 and Gail Puderbaugh Brown ’69
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 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, the 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, from 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 & nominations committees. Hollis has served on numerous Reunion committees as well as on the Bison Club Board, including as chairman for three years. The Browns most recently served on the Class of 69'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, S.C., enjoying time spent with family and friends.