Margaret Brown spent a long and fulfilling career as a registered nurse working for more than 50 years in a variety of professional settings. In August 1942, she began a 36-month nursing program at the Methodist Hospital School in Sioux City, Iowa. The last six months of her training were spent at a military hospital at the end of World War II. If the war had not ended, she would have been a navy nurse. Instead, she began her career in a hospital setting as night charge nurse on a maternity ward. She worked OR, ER, and everything in between. Mrs. Brown relocated to California and her career continued in hospitals and clinics, then she spent almost 20 years working for an obstetrician-gynecologist in Orange County. She finished her career working at the Student Health Services Center at Fullerton Community College. After “retiring,” Mrs. Brown worked part time for Chapman College Student Health Services until December 2001, when she retired again.
Mrs. Brown had always hoped she would have an opportunity to return to school to attain a baccalaureate degree in nursing; life circumstances kept her from realizing this goal. However, due to the generosity of Mrs. Brown’s daughter and son-in-law, the Margaret H. Brown endowed scholarship was established in Mrs. Brown’s name. This fund, established by Michael and Marianne Murphy, ensures that single-parent nursing students in the bridge program (A.D.N.-B.S.-M.S.N.) have the financial assistance to make the dream of a nursing degree a reality.
Marianne Murphy is a graduate of UCLA’s Theater, Film and Television School and Michael Murphy has undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA’s Department of Economics.