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Susan Brown Smith (URI '65) with her mother, Elsie Brindle Brown (URI '37).

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Elsie Brindle Brown. Source: The Concord Monitor

Donor Biography:

Ms. Elsie Jane Brindle (1914-2011) was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island. After Elsie graduated from high school, she enrolled at the University of Rhode Island in the fall of 1933. While attending URI, she continued living in Westerly and was a member of the Student Commuter Club. Elsie was also an enthusiastic, talented, and avid athlete. She played on the Women's Field Hockey and Women's
Basketball teams all four years at the University of Rhode Island. In her senior year, Elsie was president of the Women's Athletic Association and voted in the Senior Ballot as the, "Best All-Around Athlete."

Aside from athletics and academics at university, Ms. Elsie Jane Brindle was a sister in the University of Rhode Island chapter of theChi Omega Fraternity. Her senior year, she was the president of the Chi Omega chapter. Chi Omega is still an active presence on the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston, Rhode Island[1] . The fraternity was founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas and is part of the Pan Hellenic Association. More information on Chi Omega can be found on their website.
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Elsie Brindle Brown


After graduating with the class of 1937 with a major in Home Economics, Elsie started working as a dietician and home demonstration agent, putting her degree in Home Economics to work. Later, she moved to Massachusetts and worked for the Federal Farm Security Administration.

While living in Massachusetts, Elsie met Joseph (Joe) True Brown of Deerfield, MA. They married on August 2, 1941. Elsie and Joe lived in Brockton, then Concord, MA. Later, they lived on the Brown family farm in Deerfield Massachusetts. Joe and Elsie have three daughters: Susan (URI '65) of Villanova, PA, Janet of Duxbury, MA, and Nancy of Deerfield. They also have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Elsie and Joe played active roles in the Deerfield community, including their local library and the Deerfield Community Church.

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In 2002, Elsie's husband Joseph Brown died of cancer. His obituary can be found here. Nine years later, on December 7, 2011, Elsie Brindle Brown died of a stroke. Her obituary can be seen in the Concord Monitor.

The pictures below are from Elsie's senior year in the the University of Rhode Island Yearbook, The Grist 1937. The first picture is of the Women's Athletic Association. Elsie is seating in the front row, center, wearing her University of Rhode Island Letterman Sweater. The other photographs show Elsie with her Field Hockey and Basketball teams and with her sorority, Chi Omega.[2]

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The Grist, p. 197. Elsie Brindle Brown is seating front row, center, wearing her URI Sweater.
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The Grist, p. 198. Elsie is standing in the back row, four in from the left.
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The Grist, p. 199. Elsie is sitting in the front row, far right.
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The Grist, p. 244. Elsie Bindle Brown is seated front row, 4 in from the right.



Donation history


Links to Brindle Brown Donations:
Chi Omega Fraternity Hat
University of Rhode Island Sweater



Researcher: Mea Duke

Last Updated: April 23, 2013

*** Note: I'm struggling to find info on Elsie's eldest daughter, Susan Smith (URI 1965), who made this donation with her. Information on her is hard to come by. Her husband's name is John Smith... which doesn't make it easier...
Also, on their donation receipts, there is a 4 digit number next to their names. What is this in reference to?

Works Cited:
  1. ^ University of Rhode Island, The Grist 1937 (Kingston: University of Rhode Island, 1937). 197-199.
  2. ^ University of Rhode Island, The Grist 1937, 197-199, 244-245.