Brown always knew he wanted to study medicine to become a family physician. But it wasn’t until a dental appointment his junior year of high school that he knew he wanted to attend Hampden-Sydney.
“I’ve always been drawn to the natural sciences and I was blessed to grow up with strong role models at home, at school, and in the family practice where I was a patient,” Brown said. “I had never heard of Hampden-Sydney until my dentist told me of its strong track record of alumni going on to medical school. After doing some research and visiting campus, I knew Hampden-Sydney was the place for me.”
Brown applied early decision, was accepted, and arrived on campus eager to begin his journey to becoming a doctor. Early on, his advisor, chemistry professor Dr. Bill Porterfield, offered Brown some invaluable advice.
“In our first meeting, Dr. Porterfield asked me what I hoped to do after I left Hampden-Sydney. I told him I wanted to go to medical school. After looking at my file, he said, ‘Mr. Brown, you may not be the brightest student in the freshman class, but, if you study hard and keep your nose clean, we can help you achieve that goal,’” recalled Brown. “I did my part and Hampden-Sydney did its part, and I’m forever grateful.”
Over the years, Brown has shown his gratitude in many ways. “Most of my support has been in the form of being a devoted alumnus: talking about the school to potential students, returning to campus to visit when I can, and giving to the best of my ability,” he shared. “I always gave to the Annual Fund and supported the Instrument Fund for the chemistry department. Targeted giving like that is especially appealing to me.”
“I have always wanted to do more, though, especially financially,” said Brown, who owns a family medical practice in Marion, Virginia. Between owning a business, managing a busy career, and raising a family, Brown felt he couldn’t give as much as he wanted. “I suspect I’m like many others in that my ability to give doesn’t reflect how much I love Hampden-Sydney,” he explained.