UA 53.59




0.21 linear feet (1 half document case]


George L. Brown was born on January 25, 1869. He attended a preparatory school at the University of Missouri. Where he also received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the university of Missouri. He started at South Dakota State in 1897 as a mathematics professor. He eventually became a dean, vice president, and president during his tenure. He received his president emeritus in 1944.

Historical Note

George L. Brown was born on January 25, 1869, on a farm in Bate County, Missouri. He went to a rural school then a preparatory school at the University of Missouri. He graduated with a B.S. degree in 1892. He taught at the University of Missouri just two years after he graduated, in the subject of mathematics. As he was teaching, he received his M.S. degree in Mathematics. George then went on to complete a fellowship at the University of Chicago where he would receive his Ph.D. in Mathematics. He was called to become a professor of mathematics and astronomy in February of 1897 to then South Dakota State College. He served as acting president 5 times during his 50 years of teaching at SDSU and was awarded president emeritus in 1944. He also served as the dean and the vice president at SDSU.

He married Winifred G Loucks of Deuel County in 1898. They had one son Cecil and two daughters Elizabeth and Florence. Winifred passed away in 1908. He then married Anna York Loucks of Brookings in 1910. They had two sons, George Jr and Gerald and two daughters Winifred and Charlotte.

George L. Brown passed away on August 8, 1950.

Content Notes

In this collection there are letters that were sent directly to George when he was president and other letters. There are also items that commemorate George for his work during his time at SDSU.

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