Owsley Brown and UofL Brandeis School of Law

The Louisville community noted with sadness the passing of Owsley Brown on September 26, 2011.  Much has been written about the many ways in which his life affected our community.  This impact ranged from his support of the arts, environmental issues, culture of the state, corporate citizenship, and historic preservation.

Owsley Brown’s civic engagement touched the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law as well.  Five years ago, on November 13, 2006, the law school celebrated the 150th birthday of Louis D. Brandeis, for whom our law school is named.  Owsley and Christy Brown were major underwriters and supporters of the occasion, which included the publication of Brandeis at 150: The Louisville Perspective.  They also hosted a dinner for speakers, conference planners, and Brandeis family members at their beautiful home, which had once been owned by Louis Brandeis’s brother, Alfred.  Justice Brandeis’s descendants (3 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren) were there along with many local descendants of his brother, including Charles Tachau (L’48), Jean Tachau Haas, and David Tachau.

Owsley and Christy Brown again supported a Brandeis celebration event at the law school in May 2009, at the unveiling of Rob Shetterly’s portrait of Justice Brandeis.  Their underwriting funded both the event itself and the reproductions of the portrait that were made for display at the law school and at Central High School’s Law and Government Magnet classroom.  The law school’s reproduction is prominently displayed in the student commons area.

The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law community like so many others, expresses our gratitude for Owsley Brown’s interest in Justice Brandeis, and we share our sadness that Owsley Brown is no longer with us.