To the Editor:
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of our dear friend Charlotte Rush Brown, MD.
Her spirit of enhancing access to services for the senior community will forever live on within Waveny LifeCare Network. In the early 1960’s, many New Canaan residents were concerned that an increasing number of their neighbors, friends, and family, many of them long-time residents, were moving out of town because of a lack of appropriate housing and inadequate support services for the elderly.
With this concern for their community and with a heartfelt purpose, Charlotte and her husband, Dr. David S. Brown, along with several of their friends and clergy from seven New Canaan churches, established the Interchurch Service Committee to address this issue. These efforts eventually led to the planning of what later became Waveny Care Center.
With the group’s perseverance, Waveny Care Center officially opened its doors on Sunday, April 6, 1975. Charlotte provided many wonderful years of guidance and support to Waveny, devoting hours of time in service to our seniors.
In 1998 through the Jeniam Foundation, Waveny was able to honor Charlotte and her husband David with the installation of the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic for their role in the co-founding of Waveny Care Center. They were both thrilled to have the Clinic dedicated to them and wrote in their published thank you letter, “Having our names attached to this undertaking, and then to receive such regal mention for our parts in the environment in which it was conceived and developed, is generosity quite beyond our descriptive powers.”
They are shining examples of what can be accomplished when mission driven, purposeful individuals see a need, find and execute meaningful solutions for the betterment of our entire community in such a selfless way.
Charlotte Rush Brown, MD was a true pillar of our community and a true blessing for those who knew her. Waveny and New Canaan will be forever grateful to Charlotte and will forever honor her memory and carry on their vision for the senior community, which has grown exponentially in number since her initial involvement.
Please join us in extending our deepest condolences to Charlotte’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and to all the members of the Brown family at this sorrowful time and honor her memory by expanding our support for our senior community.
Russell R. Barksdale, Jr., MPA/MHA, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer, Waveny LifeCare Network