Orran L. Brown '78 shared touching stories of his mother and father, Anne and Ryland Brown, at the formal dedication of Hampden-Sydney College's new student center named in their honor on November 3. The Browns championed education within their family and throughout their community, which inspired their son Orran and his wife Ellen F. Brown to make the lead gift in this project.
At the dedication, President Larry Stimpert remarked: "As a Trustee, Orran reviewed the need for this student center and wanted to make the center a reality ... The gift is a legacy to his parent's lifelong belief in the power of education to improve an individual's well-being and that of his or her family. Following the example of his parents, Orran and Ellen have been generous to academic projects on this campus and beyond these gates. They have truly exhibited their respect for the strength and power of education."
In addition to the Brown Family, major funding was provided by Robert K. Citrone '87, Robert D. Taylor '73, Everett A. Hellmuth '75 and Robin Hellmuth, William G. Pannill, William L. Pannill '77, Gordon Pannill '08, Stuart Pannill '08, Taylor Pannill '14, Ferguson Enterprises, Thompson Hospitality, and the Class of '79 Reunion Gift.