Mrs. Brown was executive director of the association for 28 years, beginning part-time as the only employee and building the association into one of the most vibrant and effective in the country. MPA became a model for other state psychological associations, receiving the 1989 APA Division 31 award for Outstanding Accomplishments of a State or Provincial Psychological Association.
She was a founding member and first chair of the Committee of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations. In 1986 and again in 2000, she received the APA Division 31 award for Outstanding Accomplishments of an Executive of a State or Provincial Psychological Association. She was also involved in several community service and civic organizations, including service as a founding member and president of the Pro Bono Counseling Project, an organization that annually offers thousands of hours of free mental health treatment in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area for individuals and families who could not otherwise afford these services.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert A. Brown, Ph.D., their daughter, two sons, a stepdaughter and seven grandchildren.