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Jane Ferrell (Gibson) Brown
February 16, 1941 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
Dr. Jane Gibson Brown, born February 16, 1941, passed away peacefully at her home in Greensboro, NC, on February 2,2024. Dr. Brown was born in Thomasville, NC, but grew up in Greensboro. An athlete and leader of the drum section in the band, she graduated from Grimsley High School in 1959. She earned her B.A. with a double major in English and philosophy from Converse College, where she edited the literary magazine, the Concept, in 1963 and her M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Vanderbilt University in 1964.
She taught English at Stratford College in Danville, VA, from 1964 to 1966 and at the University of Alabama at Huntsville from 1966 to 1968. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Dallas in 1975. Her Ph.D. dissertation on Southern novelist Caroline Gordon became a published book of literary criticism. While there, she met her husband, David Lawrence Brown, and together they ran the University's study abroad program in Rome, Italy. After they returned to the University of Dallas, she as an instructor and he as an administrator, their son Fitch Lawrence Brown was born in 1976.
After their divorce, Dr. Brown returned to her hometown of Greensboro, where she was both a devoted mother and, at Fisher-Harrison Corporation, managing editor of G Magazine. She also worked for Berrans Advertising Agency. She found her true calling in the English Department at North Carolina A&T University, where she taught both of Jesse Jackson's sons and was a favorite among the students for 32 years. She received the Teacher of the Year Award and the Ronald McNair Award. She became the director of technical writing. Whether educating young minds, leader of her son's Cub Scout pack, or writing and publishing poetry, she was always active and a true pillar of her community. She will be missed by scores of family and friends.
Dr. Brown was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Ferrell Gibson; her mother, Julia Jennings. She is survived by her only son, Fitch Lawrence Brown and daughter in law, wife to Fitch, Alicia McGee Brown.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Thomasville City Cemetery 205 Memorial Park Drive, Thomasville, NC. The family will greet friends after the service. Memorial donations for Dr. Brown may be made to the North Carolina Teacher Association or directly to the family. Flower donations may be made through Clemmons Florist in Greensboro. Online condolences may be left at www.jcgreenandsons.com.