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James Herbert "Jim" Brown, Alum and Longtime Supporter of Louisville Seminary, Dies

by Chris Wooton | Jul 01, 2014
James Herbert Brown “Jim” (MDiv ’58), 86, died June 27, 2014. He carried out a long career in ministry that lasted more than 40 years. Congregations in Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and the District of Columbia are among those he served, with additional service at the presbytery level of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He served First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville, Ind., for 16 years until his retirement, where he continued to serve as Pastor Emeritus.

He was active in the Louisville Seminary community, having supervised the Seminary’s Field Education students for nearly 20 years. He regularly attended lectures and events at Caldwell Chapel, and he and his wife of 58 years, Sarah Enos Brown, were constant participants in the Seminary’s lay Bible studies. In 2011, he received the Louisville Seminary Distinguished Alum Award, which is given to Louisville Seminary graduates who have made a lasting impact on the Church and society through outstanding professional, volunteer or philanthropic accomplishments.

Brown had a special passion for ecumenical, interfaith and interracial work. Among other numerous awards, he holds the N.A.A.C.P. Heritage Award, one from the 200 Jeffersonville Bicentennial Best, a Citation in Recognition of Outstanding Service to the WHAS Crusade for Children, on whose board he served more than 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah and children, David James Brown and his wife Terri, Mark Enos Brown, Ginny (MDiv '91) Brown, and her husband David Wallace (MAMFT '90, MDiv '97); his sister, Martha Brown McKnight; sisters-in-law, Margaret Steere and Patricia Sanders; and six grandchildren: Miranda Brown, Shane Brown, and Tavi, Seth, Mara, and Tess Wallace; as well as many loved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Brown was predeceased by his parents, Wanda and Herbert Brown, a sister, Wanda Owens, "Sissie", and brother, Warren Brown, "Buddy", and special in-laws.

Visitation will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville, from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2014. Internment will be private. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be at the church at 11 a.m. July 5, 2014, followed by lunch. A second service will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Forum at Brookside in Louisville, at 2 p.m. Arrangements: Scott Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.

Memorial gifts may be given to First Presbyterian Church, 222 Walnut Avenue, Jeffersonville, 47130, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road, 40205, or WHAS Crusade for Children, Box 1100, 40201.

(Information from Louisville Seminary staff reports and from the July 1, 2014, edition of the Courier-Journal.)

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