Life and Work of Dr. William Neal Brown Honored at Inaugural Lecture
by Judith Alfano
Smiles, laughter and memories filled the Dana Room on Tuesday, May 1, as the life and work of Dr. William Neal Brown was honored at the inaugural Professor William Neal Brown Memorial Lecture.
Speaking to a crowd of almost 40 on the Rutgers-Newark campus, Rabbi Joshua Chasan, rabbi of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, presented "Dr. William Neal Brown: Exemplar of the Integrity of Integration."
"William Neal Brown was sure and steady in his humanity," said Rabbi Chasan, a friend to Dr. Brown during the last part of Dr. Brown’s life. "He was a strong link in the chain of Americans who understand that we must continue to struggle for basic justice of social equity."
The newest of the School’s endowed lectures, it was created by Suzanne Zimmer, long-time associate and partner of Dr. Brown, who said that he was a warm observer and listener who could always be found in the library.
"Creating this lecture and scholarship fund in Neal’s name is a way I can share Neal with future social workers, research persons and any other people who needed to be inspired by this exceptional man," Ms. Zimmer said.
"He changed my life," said Ms. Zimmer, who was especially grateful to the staff of Community Day Nursery, where Dr. Brown completed his doctoral work, for attending the inaugural lecture.
"Dr. Brown’s legacy is evident today," said Kathleen J. Pottick, Acting Dean, who called Dr. Brown the ultimate caseworker. "Some alumni have credited Dr. Brown with their passion for helping and for wanting to change the status quo - in other words, their passion for being social workers."