Joliet, Ill. – It is with great sadness that the University of St. Francis (USF) shares the news that Dorothy “Dottie” Brown, lifetime friend and supporter of USF, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Dottie is now reunited with her husband, LaVerne “Bitz” Brown, in eternal life. Bitz passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

Dottie will be remembered for her perpetual smile, her humble heart, and her lifelong service to the community. She will be greatly missed.

Services for Dottie will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the site of her baptism, St. John’s Catholic Church, which is located at 404 N. Hickory Street in Joliet. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a Burial Mass at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville. 

In recognition of her longtime support of the USF, campus flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

Over the course of many years, the Browns have created a lasting legacy at USF. Their ongoing, generous support for and love of the University can be seen across its main campus in Joliet. In 2011, the University’s library was renamed the LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Library, and in 2018, and the LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall opened. The Browns have and will continue to positively impact the lives of current and future generations of USF students.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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