Lois Brown, widow of former PLNU president Shelburne Brown, passes away

Lois Jarzyna Brown, widow of former Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) president Shelburne Brown, passed away on January 25 in Bethany, Oklahoma.
She was 89.

Mrs. Brown was also the mother-in-law of current Southern Nazarene University (SNU) president Loren Gresham.

In 1940, Mrs. Brown graduated magna cum laude from Pasadena College (now PLNU) as the institution's first psychology major. She married Shelburne, her high school and college "sweetheart," later that year. Together, they moved to Carson City, Nevada for their first assignment in the Church of the Nazarene. A dedicated pastor's wife, Mrs. Brown spent many years actively leading children's and missionary ministries while also raising her own three children.
Shelburne was elected president of their alma mater in 1964.

As the school's 11th president, Shelburne was one of the most influential presidents in the history of what is now Point Loma Nazarene University. His efforts brought about the college’s move to San Diego from Pasadena in 1973. Mrs. Brown was instrumental in establishing the school’s Women's Auxiliary, which supports endeavors of improvement across the PLNU campus and has for more than 30 years.

According to current PLNU president Bob Brower, “The Browns’ effective and loving leadership of the school through times of transition and progress place them in the center of our gratitude as we enjoy the blessings of this wonderful place and university here on the Point.”

Widowed in 1978, Mrs. Brown stayed in San Diego until 2000 when she moved to Oklahoma and resided in Southern Plaza, an independent-living facility affiliated with SNU. She is survived by her three children, Linda Brown Gresham, Warren S. Brown, and Frederick Lyle Brown. She is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Mrs. Brown's life was scheduled for Tuesday, January 30 at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to PLNU Women's Auxiliary, 3900 Lomaland Dr., San Diego, CA 92106.
--PLNU, The Oklahoman obituaries