Donor Stories and Legacies

The Gift of a Lifetime
LeRoy Brown ’52 Shows Dedication to Law School Through Planned Giving

LeRoy Brown, J.D., poses with Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Chicago native LeRoy C. Brown, J.D., says his inspiration to become a Notre Dame donor came later in his life.

The 1952 University of Notre Dame Law School graduate was back in Indiana taking a campus tour when he caught sight of the “God, Country, Notre Dame” stone engraving on the side door of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

“I always felt I had the first two, but a voice seemed to say that it’s time to do more for Notre Dame,” he says.

The love for “Country” has shaped much of LeRoy’s life, including 32 years serving in the United States Air Force. He entered military service upon his graduation in 1952, during the Korean War, and received a commission in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG).

After years of active duty, LeRoy served in the reserve and eventually became a civilian in the JAG Corps. He used his law degree to rise to the position of Deputy Chief, Procurement Law Division in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Air Material Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. LeRoy is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana, before the Supreme Court of the United States, and before the United States Court of Military Appeals.

LeRoy says he chose a charitable gift annuity because of the exceptional rate of return and the tax advantages it offered. The annuities are established in honor of his mother, father, and brother. An additional charitable remainder trust is in memoriam for his three nieces.

LeRoy’s great dedication to the Law School is well-known, and it’s no surprise that his gifts benefit the Endowed Law Library Collection. Two plaques in his honor are displayed there today.

In addition to his law degree, LeRoy earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame’s College of Business Administration. In his spare time he has always enjoyed golf and basketball. LeRoy is a frequent visitor to campus. In 2014 he attended the Law School Reunion, and the staff and faculty enjoyed his company during dinner.

“My time on this planet is growing to a close, and I felt that I needed to do things that represented my desires,” he says.