On Thursday, we lost a hero of Boys & Girls Club. Dr. Bobby Brown passed away.
I met Dr. Brown early in my role as CEO 16 years ago. His leadership to our Club was hallowed. He and his beloved wife Sara were legendary in the organization. When I met them both I was overwhelmed by their warmth and approachability.
Over the years, Dr. Brown and I developed a friendship. I learned about his early years as a young man, his early career as both a baseball player and doctor and later his leadership in major league baseball.
He was devoted to our cause at Boys & Girls Club for decades. He understood personally how effective youth development, especially the power of belonging, could transform the direction of a young person. He served our organization in every capacity he could, serving on our board of directors, board of governors and as an enthusiastic fundraiser, in which he was instrumental in the opening of our Eastside Branch in Fort Worth.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County’s most prestigious award is named for Dr. and Mrs. Bobby and Sara Brown and has been given out for over three decades. The Dr. Robert & Sara Brown Humanitarian Award was created with the purpose of distinguishing those individuals and organizations who have made a large impact on our Clubs through multiple years of service, giving, and support. The first award was presented to Dr. Bobby and Sara Brown in 1998. Since then we’ve honored the Amon G. Carter Foundation, Louella and Nick Martin, The Ryan Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, Anne and John Marion, and The Rainwater Foundation among other great partners.
His legacy and impact will continue to live on through the lives he impacted, especially the generation of young people who were given opportunities to build better futures because of his generosity.
He will be dearly missed.
To view Dr. Brown’s obituary, please read it here.
Daphne Barlow Stigliano
CEO & President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County