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.