John Levis Brown, Long-Time TNA Staff Member Passes
Friday, January 4, 2019
Posted by: Roy Muyinza
John Levis “J.L.” Brown, long-time TNA staff member, passed away on Dec. 22, 2018 after a four-year battle with dementia.
J.L. began working at the Texas Nurses Association in 1972 as the Director of Communication and retired in 1996 as the Associate Executive Director. During those 24 years J.L. founded TNA’s official magazine Texas Nursing in 1973 and continued to be the editor until his retirement. He also served as the staff liaison for many TNA committees and task forces including the Council on Workplace Issues, Bylaws Committee, Nominating Committee, and the Economics and General Welfare Committee.
After retirement, J.L. began a consulting business assisting small associations in establishing bylaws, policies, boards and newsletters. In 2001 J.L. returned to TNA as a consultant and worked with the Texas Nurses Foundation to create the Become a Nurse program that provided online resources to middle and high schools, as well as speakers and printed materials, to encourage young people to choose nursing as their career path. J.L. continued consulting with TNF until 2013.
In addition to J.L.’s association work he also engaged in many charitable activities and was especially committed to working with homeless teens in Austin to find a warm, safe place for them to sleep during extreme weather conditions through his mission work with St. Austin’s Catholic Church.
In J.L.’s last Texas Nursing Editor’s column, he wrote this about the members of Texas Nursing:
You are wise, caring and self-effacing. You have wonderful, fun filled senses of humor. You are constantly giving – and then give even more. You are the bedrock and motherlode of your family, your community, your place of employment. You are your patients’/clients’ healer, nurturer, teacher, friend, advocate and, often, protector. Some chosen of you also are the bedrocks and motherlodes of the nursing profession in Texas. I’ve witnessed you on the “battlefields” protecting, maintaining and building up the profession for now and for the future.
The family invites you to share a memory of J.L. on their memorial site.