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H. L. "Sonny" Brown, Jr. Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering


H. L. "Sonny" Brown, Jr.
H. L. "Sonny" Brown, Jr.

The H. L. “Sonny” Brown, Jr. Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering was established in memory of Sonny Brown by his two children, H. L. “Robin” Brown III and Annabelle Elizabeth Brown Fowlkes on behalf of the H. L. Brown Jr. Family Foundation.

Hubert Leon “Sonny” Brown, Jr., a devoted father and grandfather, passed away December 7, 2007. A resident of Midland since 1954, he was born August 16, 1928 to H. L. Brown and Elizabeth Marie Horn Brown in Fort Worth. After completing high school and junior college at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, Sonny attended The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a BS (’51) and MS (’52) in Petroleum Engineering. He then attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he received an MBA in Finance in 1954.

Upon completion of his studies Sonny moved to Midland to begin a lifelong career as an independent oil and gas operator — a true Wildcatter. His office was his second home, and he considered his family to include those around him who helped him pursue his passion. He always said, “If it ain’t fun, we’re not goin’ to do it.”

Over the course of his lifetime Sonny made many friends with his unmistakable laugh, fun-loving spirit, and love of storytelling. He was a passionate hunter, fisherman, and golfer as well as an avid traveler. He loved the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns and could be found most weekends cheering his teams in person. Most importantly, Sonny Brown was a wonderful father — the best two children could ask for — and he is missed dearly every single day.

Sonny lent his time to many institutions. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California from 1982 until 1994 and the Board of Directors of Texas Bancshares, Inc. in Fort Worth from 1983 until 1988. In 1985 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation where he served until 1993. He served on the UT’s Marine Science Institute Advisory Council from 1988 to 1993 and the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council from 1989 until 1998. From 2004 to 2007, he served on the Advisory Council to the Cardiology Division, Heart Lung Vascular Center of Scripps Clinic in La Jolla.

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