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New scholarship fund created to memorialize Brown
NEWARK, Del. (April 26, 2016) — A scholarship fund has been established at the University of Delaware in honor of William R. Brown lll, better known as Bill.
Brown, the highly respected University of Delaware Extension poultry agent, and hailed as an ambassador for the poultry industry, died in an accident on his farm April 14 at the age of 54.
The launch of the scholarship fund was announced by the family, suggesting that memorial contribution to the fund be considered in lieu of flowers.
Contributions should be sent to University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St, 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716.
Contributors were advised to make checks payable to ‘University of Delaware’ and include on the memo line “Scholarship in memory of William R. Brown III.”
Gifts may also be made on the University of Delaware’s secure website, www.udel.edu/makeagift Select “Other” and fill in College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in memory of William R. Brown III,
Among those paying tribute to Brown was Perdue Farms which issued this statement.
“We are saddened to hear of Bill Brown’s passing. His death is a loss not only to his family and community but to the Delmarva poultry industry as well.
“We were proud to count Bill as a member of the Perdue team for more than 20 years, first as an associate, then as a business partner and a grower, and lastly as an educator and ambassador for the poultry industry. Bill helped many farmers get started and be successful in poultry growing through his positions in Perdue Live Production, as a flock advisor and roles of increasing responsibility and later as Perdue new housing representative.
“He continued as an educator as the University of Delaware Extension poultry agent, supporting research and sharing the latest information with poultry farmers across Delmarva. Bill was an advocate for the poultry industry with the public, media and government representatives.
“Bill was a model poultryman, educator and gentleman. We extend our deepest sympathy to Bill’s family and to his friends and former colleagues here at Perdue.”
The Brown farm is a neighbor of the farm of Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder.
“The Maryland Department of Agriculture joins many others in the agricultural community in sending our condolences to the family of Bill Brown of Maple Breeze Farm who died tragically this week,” said Bartenfelder.
“Bill was a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the poultry industry and was not afraid to share that knowledge with anyone. He was a strong advocate for the agriculture industry as a whole. I personally lost a neighbor and a friend and we will all miss him,” Bartenfelder said
Jenny Rhodes, Queen Anne’s County Extension ag agent, a former president of the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., and a grower as well, advised her colleagues: “It is with a very very heavy heart that I inform you that Bill Brown passed away last Thursday evening. What a tragic loss to all whose lives he touched.
“Bill was a colleague, friend, fellow farmer, an outstanding teacher and leader in our community and much more. He was a very special man.”