Milestone: Rhoda Grupe Brown, 84; volunteer at Lawrence Hall

Rhoda Grupe Brown, 84, a nurse who devoted many hours to the Lawrence Hall Youth Services, passed April 1.

Brown graduated valedictorian from Elgin High School in 1942. She trained as a nurse and joined the war effort. Prior to being married she staffed a polio clinic in Texas.

A member of the LHYS Winnetka Women’s Board and later the first female member of the Board of Trustees, she devoted hours in service to Lawrence Hall.

She endowed a scholarship at Rush University College of Nursing and championed many charities as a grass roots philanthropist.

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