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Jim Brown, Media Professional and Community Advocate, dies at 83

Former Hilltop advisor and adjunct professor, Jim Brown, leaves behind a legacy of mentorship and contributions to Howard and the communications industry.

Jim Brown, dressed in his favorite hat and jacket, smiles for a photo on Howard’s campus in the 1990s. (Photo Courtesy of Brown’s wife, Dr. Pamela Brewer)

Jimmie “Jim” Lee Brown, who was an adjunct professor in the School of Communications from 1980 to 1996 and Acting WHMM/WHUT Station Manager from 1996 to 1998, died on Feb. 23 in Burlington, North Carolina, at 83 years old. 

Brown’s friend and mentee, Terri Hill, said he became a friend, advisor, mentor and teacher to Howard University communications students,  who have become professionals in communications working at NBC-TV, ABC-TV, CBS, Fox TV, CNN and more. 

Hill said that Brown worked on the 30th Anniversary Celebration for Howard was an advisor to The Hilltop, and Producer of the AOL-Time Warner series that introduced students to media professionals, both in front of and behind the camera, among other endeavors. Brown retired from Howard University in 2009.

“Mr. Brown hired me one and a half years after I had lost both my parents, seven months apart. He became not only my supervisor but also my ‘Bonus Dad,’” Hill said. 

“Although I have a combination of 20 years of the TV industry behind me … my journey with him was about life. I had all the conversations with Jim Brown that I would have had with my parents. I will miss him dearly,” he finished. 

Celebration of Life service was held for Brown on Saturday, April 27 at the Howard University Law School Dunbarton Chapel.

Donations can be made in Brown’s name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association More information regarding Brown’s services can be found by contacting

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