Dr. Guy Story Brown, 66, of Slaton, Texas, a three time presidential appointee, university professor, author, and Director of The Straight Gate, died on Thursday the 30th of July in Lubbock, Texas. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, November 30th 1948 to Glenn Larry Brown and Mary Prudie Brown (deceased) of Stanton, Texas.
Guy graduated high school at New Mexico Military Institute in 1967, attended the American University in Paris, France, for two years, and received his B.A. from Abilene Christian University, in Texas. He took his graduate studies at the University of Dallas, where he received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Literature and Political Philosophy with a dissertation on political implications in ancient and modern literary criticism.
He began his career as Senior Analyst for Cultural Diplomacy at The Advanced International Studies Institute, and was subsequently appointed by President Reagan as Director of the US Information Agency Office of Cultural Centers and Resources in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from 1982-1988. From this position he arranged for the publication of the Federalist Papers and other titles in Russian, Spanish, Hindi, and other languages, a project acclaimed for its particular success in the USSR, and also developed and led the first-ever ministerial level bilateral negotiations between US publishers and Soviet, East German, and Chinese publishing authorities.
In 1988, Dr. Brown was appointed again by President Reagan this time to be Director of the USIA Office of Academic Programs, administering the Fulbright international scholarship program, Humphrey Program, US international student advising, and American studies abroad. Reappointed to that position by President George H. W. Bush he became lead US negotiator for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on all US government bilateral educational and cultural programming under the Geneva Convention.
Dr. Brown received several senior career civil and foreign service awards, as well as awards from foreign governments, including the USIA Superior Honor Award, the USIA Director’s Special Award, Distinguished Service Award of the J.W. Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships, the US Government Printing Office Distinguished Service Award, and Ben Franklin Award from the US Public Printer and Superintendent of Documents, the Guttenberg Award at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, the Ivan Fedorov Medal, from the USSR State Committee on Publishing, Printing and the Book Trade.
Dr. Brown served as President of the Fine Arts Society of Texas (FAST) from 1981-1993, providing scholarships in the arts across the state. He taught at various universities and published books in political philosophy and Shakespearean interpretation.
Guy was a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, a member of the Cosmos Club and DACOR in Washington D.C., as well as several national and international academic societies, a member of the Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society where he won Most Educational Case earlier this year, and served as elder at the Hearts Together Church of Christ in Slaton, Texas until his death. His principal recent work was as Director of The Straight Gate, a 501 (c)(3) charitable prison aftercare and substance abuse recovery project in South Dallas.
Guy is survived by his wife Brenda Cheryl Brown in Slaton, TX, sister Suzanna Leigh Brown in Dallas, TX, son Darcy Wilson Brown and grandson Baxter Lee Brown in Dallas, TX, son Austen Story Brown in Dallas, TX, niece Dixie Ivi Brown in Austin, TX. Also Kyle Mitchell Rosen and his wife Vicky Ann Rosen in Sacramento, CA, David Noel Rosen and his wife Stacy Lee Rosen in Los Angeles, CA and grandsons Benjamin Nathaniel Rosen, Jonathan Kane Rosen, and Luca Chase Rosen. His younger brother Baxter Charles Brown preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent to The Straight Gate, a program which Guy instituted and believed in deeply to give people a second chance.