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Francis Brown
Francis  Brown

Basketball (Inducted 1964)



Francis W. Brown was GW's oldest men's basketball letterwinner. The tallest man on his squad at 6-1, Brown earned letters in 1922 and 1923 as a center for the Colonials. He received his B.A. degree in 1924, an LL.B. in 1926 and an LL.M. in 1927, all at GW. Brown was also a past president of the Colonial Booster Club.

When Brown began attending GW in 1920, the University was just resuming its football and basketball competition after a hiatus during World War I. Brown played both, as well as baseball for one year, but excelled in basketball. In 1924, he helped the Colonials beat Maryland 20-19, the only game that GW won in the 1923-`24 season. In the 1924-'25 season, Brown was among the players of the first basketball game to be played in the old "Tin Tabernacle," a corrugated metal structure which used to stand behind GW Law School. He also played basketball on the inter-fraternity basketball team.

After graduation, Brown worked as an examiner at the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1927; in 1938 he joined the Civil Aeronautics Board, conducting hearings into operating rates and routes. During World War II, Brown served as an air raid warden. He became chief examiner of the board in 1945, retiring in 1968.

Brown attended Central High School (now Cardoza) where he played other sports, and played basketball on a church team.

Brown, who died in 1997, was married to wife, Abby ('24), and had two children, Lois and George.