Dedicated retiree remembered for kindness
by Maggie Mullen
Debra Lynn Brown, 45, a retired MUSC employee and administrative
assistant with more than 20 years experience working in numerous
departments, died Sept. 21.
Brown started her career at MUSC in March 1989 working as a temporary
administrative assistant in various jobs prior to moving to full-time
positions in Hospital Communications, Business Development &
Marketing Services’ Med-U-Line, Marketing Services and the College of
Nursing. In September 2002, she worked in the College of
Medicine/Dean’s Office, Continuing Medical Education (CME), as an
administrative assistant until her retirement in June.
Brown was the daughter of the late George Brown and Fannie S. Brown.
She was a member of Hebron-Zion Presbyterian Church and resided on
Johns Island. Relatives and friends attended funeral services on Sept.
26 at the Hebron-Zion Presbyterian Church, Johns Island. A burial was
held at Hebron-Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Brown is survived by her fiancée, Marvin Freeman; siblings, Thomas
Simmons (Daisy), Mary S. Rivers, Betty J. Brown (Sammy), Hazel L.
Lowman (Michael), George Simmons and Marvin Simmons; and aunts, Marie
Glover, Nathalie Coulter, Ella Wheelings and Martha Geddis (Herman).
“During her 10 years of working for CME, she made a tremendous impact on the people who worked with her. She has a special place in the heart of her MUSC family.”
—Anna Delamar, Division of Finance, College of Medicine/Dean’s Office
“It was an absolute joy working with Miss Debra. Her presence will surely be missed, but her memory will be with me forever!”
—Shirley Maxwell, Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine/Dean’s Office
“Debra was a beautiful person, inside and out. Her smile would light up
the darkest room. It was a pleasure to have known her and to have
worked with her. She will truly be missed.”
—Elizabeth Gossen, Program Coordinator, College of Medicine/Dean’s Office
“I will always
remember Debra for her wonderful smile, terrific laugh and her great
attitude of ‘tell me what I can do to help you’ with our customers. When
someone called our office with a problem, Debra did everything she
could to help that person immediately. We have a close, CME family, in
our office and Debra has been an important part of that family during
the last 10 years. In my mind, I can see our CME family sitting around
the table in our little office kitchen during lunchtime. Someone has
just told a funny story and I can hear Debra laughing and see her
—Odessa Ussery, Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine/Dean’s Office
“We will all miss our great coworker and an even greater friend.”
—Valerie Morton, Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine/Dean’s Office
“Debra was a dear friend and coworker and her contributions to the CME team will be missed for a long time. Debra
was fun to be with and I enjoyed her deep laughs many times throughout
the past years. She wore many hats here to accomplish all the necessary
tasks assigned to her and always with a smile. Her friendship and
expertise meant a lot to all of here. She will be remembered daily.”
—Pam Benjamin, Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine/Dean’s Office
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009