In Memoriam: Braniff Alumnus, Ambassador for Democracy Guy Story Brown
Guy Story Brown, PhD 79, a three-time presidential appointee, professor, author and
director of prison ministry The Straight Gate, passed away Thursday, July 30, in Lubbock.
Brown received his doctorate from UDs Institute of Philosophic Studies in literature
and politics, writing a dissertation titled Longinus On the Sublime: The Political
Foundations of Literary Criticism.
From 1982-88, Brown served as director of the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) Office
of Cultural Centers and Resources in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs,
having been appointed by President Ronald Reagan. From this position he arranged for
the publication of The Federalist Papers and other titles in Russian, Spanish, Hindi
and other languages, a project acclaimed for its particular success in the then-USSR.
In 1988, Brown was appointed again by President Reagan, this time to be director of
the USIA Office of Academic Programs, administering the Fulbright international scholarship
program, Humphrey Program, U.S. international student advising and American studies
abroad. Reappointed to that position by President George H. W. Bush, he became the
lead U.S. negotiator for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on all U.S.
government bilateral educational and cultural programming under the Geneva Conventions.
He was director of The Straight Gate, a nonprofit prison aftercare program coordinating
numerous regional prison ministries and serving more than 100 people per year in South
Oak Cliff, Dallas.
During his career, Brown taught at Northwood University, Dallas Christian College,
Georgetown University and Lubbock Christian University. His books include Calhouns
Philosophy of Politics: A Study of A Disquisition on Government and Shakespeares Philosopher
King: Reading The Tragedy of King Lear.