Dona Susan Brown was passionate about education and was involved in the field for more than 40 years. She taught in Woonsocket from 1933 until 1936, and then worked as a business teacher and school counselor in Huron from 1936 until her retirement in 1974.
In 1954, Brown wrote and published the South Dakota Guidance Handbook, which was revised in 1959. She served on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 1957 until 1969 and was the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at Huron College from 1981 until 1983. She received the "Tally Award" from Huron College in 1982.
Brown was not only a pioneer in education, but also in business. She was a character member of the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan and was also a character member of Homes Inc., a 100-acre development in Huron and Lincoln Park, in Southeast Huron. She became responsible for establishing the first water rights in Beadle County, when she hired a geological survey team to drill a well in the county.
Over the years, Brown served on many boards and received numerous awards. She was elected to the South Dakota Memorial Art Center as the Regents' Representative in 1958, and served as the Vice President of the organization. She was one of the founders of the South Dakota Memorial Arts Center Guild in 1971.
In 1977, Brown served as the State Chairwoman for the Friendship Task Force. In 1985, she received the "Benefactor's Plaque" from SDSU and was a member of the Benefactor's Club. She was named to the Centennial Task Force in 1984 and was appointed to the South Dakota Centennial Commission in 1987. In 1970 she received the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" from SDSU and in 1976 received Honorary Doctorate degree. The late Gov. Richard Kneip proclaimed "Dona Brown Day" in 1976 and she received a "Jefferson Award" from the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and KELO-TV.
In 1958, Dona Brown received an award for outstanding work in guidance counseling and was the first woman to receive the "Marvin Kemp Award" in the field of guidance counseling in 1963.
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