The Alexander Brown Memorial Fund
The Alexander Brown Memorial Fund was established by family and friends to honor Sandy's commitment to organ donation and transplantation and to continue his championing of helping students who have been recipients of an organ transplant to pursue their advancement of their educational goals.
Alexander “Sandy” Brown was a fourth generation Denver native, born February 13, 1940. Sandy grew up in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood spending his youth ice-skating on Denver’s City Park pond and playing football and baseball with his friends.
Sandy graduated from East High School, attended Mesa Junior College and served in the US Marine Corp. Self-described as an inventor and entrepreneur, he began his career in commercial real-estate at Fuller and Company. Later, Sandy joined his cousin, in the family business, Brown- Schrepferman Construction Company. Years later Sandy started and led two other successful companies, Absolute Management and Safe-T-Rail, Inc.
Sandy was an outgoing, determined individual, who believed in the importance hard-work and self-reliance. He lived with indomitable optimism, a can-do spirit and penchant for fun that attracted many friends to his larger than life personality. At the center of his life was always his family, four daughters and grandchildren.
When one of Sandy’s daughters became ill and had to undergo a kidney transplant, he and his wife became champions for organ and tissue donation. Sandy participated in a number of transplant-related causes including serving as Chairman of the the Mile-High Transplant Bank, now part of the Donor Alliance, and receiving honors for his work with the National Kidney Foundation and the American Council on Transplantation. His family’s personal struggle waiting for an organ transplant and navigating the healthcare system caused him to search for solutions to the organ donor shortage and advocate on behalf of organ donation.
Knowing the impact an education can have on an individual, Sandy always encouraged the younger generation to pursue higher education. He had a strong belief that a college degree was something, that once earned, could never be taken away. Sandy also recognized what the gift of life, an organ transplant, meant to his family and understood what a college degree could mean to someone who had already faced so many of life’s challenges. In that spirit and on his passing in 2018, Sandy’s friends created this memorial scholarship. The Alexander Brown Scholarship furthers two of Sandy’s interests: the importance of supporting others in their pursuit of higher education and the miracle of organ donation and transplantation.