Isabel (Brown) “Brownie” Galligan

Brownie died on November 14, 2015. She served as secretary to the provost at Kalamazoo College from 1969 to 1987. Brownie’s maternal grandfather was the noted American artist George Errington. Her mother also was an exceptional artist, as was Brownie herself, who expressed her talent primarily in watercolor. She was fully involved with many activities at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. She met her husband, Edward, at Swarthmore College during World War II. They were married for 62 years until his death in 2011. They had two sons, Joe and Jim. Jim is an alumnus of the class of 1976.

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  1. Joe Folz ''75

    The news of Brownie’s passing hit me like few others have. She always had a kind and witty word for everyone. She and Provost Satterfield were quite the match for each other (and she usually won). I always knew that if Brownie’s dark green Caprice was parked in front of Mandelle (as it always was), then everything was going to be all right at the college. May she rest in peace.


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