Recipient of the 2019–20 Alumni Award
Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, you first heard about Dartmouth from your pediatrician, Dr. Stanley Stark ’57. Given your love of languages, Dr. Stark thought the College might be a great fit for you, and his intuition was on the mark. As you rounded a corner on the Dartmouth Coach and you glimpsed the beautiful campus for the first time, the deal was sealed.
Once at Dartmouth, you found community almost instantly, from the friends you met during your freshman trip at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge to your hallmates in your UGA group. Despite dreading the cold of Hanover winters (your dorm room was known as “the sauna”), you learned to love New Hampshire’s outdoors. You wrote for The Dartmouth as an arts contributor, served as assistant manager of the men’s soccer team, participated in dance programs, worked in the Hopkins Center costume shop. You joined Delta Gamma, the Panhellenic Board, and later, Casque and Gauntlet. From quiet study hours in Baker Library to the infectious excitement of Dartmouth Night and Homecoming, you treasure your memories of those years, and your “Dartmouth family” connections are going strong nearly three decades later.
An English major, you studied Spanish literature as well and enjoyed a marvelous term on Dartmouth’s Foreign Study Program in Salamanca, Spain. You adored your time abroad and, years later, it influenced you to send your daughter to an international school. You called your academic opportunities “amazing” and remain in close contact with your professors.
Upon graduating, your passion for the arts led you to work in administration for the Martha Graham Dance Company. You later earned an MBA in finance from Southern Methodist University, and moved on to roles with the Sabre Corporation, where you spent the bulk of your corporate career, to Travelocity and your own event management business. You now work as a financial advisor with ISC Group, Inc., of Dallas.
Dear Dartmouth has remained a major passion in your life. Your deep alumni involvement began right after graduation, as an Alumni Fund volunteer and alumni interviewer, then as a district enrollment director, president and vice president of the Dartmouth Club of Dallas, and treasurer of Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association. You’ve served as an alumni councilor twice, as a member of the Honorary Degrees Committee, the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee, and on the Alumni Liaison Committee. You recently co-chaired your class’s fantastic 25th Reunion. One of your favorite roles was serving as president of the Great Class of 1993, which helped you to connect with so many of your classmates. As first vice president of the Association of Alumni Executive Committee, you saw how the alumni trustee nomination process benefitted the entire alumni body.
You are also engaged fully in your beloved community of Dallas, where you serve on the board of directors of the Dallas CASA, the Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, and Camp John Marc, and are active in the Junior League, among a myriad of other activities. True to form, you balance all your responsibilities with grace!
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of your dear husband Bertrand “Bert” Brown Jr. ’92, whom you met the first week at Dartmouth through mutual friends and began to date sophomore year. He and your beautiful daughter, Ellie, are Big Green devotees and enjoy accompanying you to Hanover.
Veree, we are truly fortunate to experience your delight in all that is Dartmouth. When you were recognized with the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2007, your award citation noted, “To your work on behalf of Dartmouth College, Veree, you’ve unfailingly brought great capability and an infectious sense of the excitement of dedication.” Well, you have not slowed down over the years, and so, in acknowledgement of your vibrant energy in tandem with the valuable contributions you have made to your alma mater, we are thrilled to honor you with the Dartmouth Alumni Award.