Dos Bebes have always known Kara as a super smart, fun to be around, go-getting, generous, loving aunt. And as of May 6, 2006, they will also know her as Dr. Brown! Kara follows in the footsteps of my parents, who both earned their doctorates in the 70's.
She earned her degree in education policy and comparative international studies at Indiana University. For her dissertation she conducted major research in Estonia (for you Cincinnatians, that is the homeland of Paavo Jarvi, Cincinnati's Symphony Orchestra conductor). She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2002 and is fluent in Russian and Estonian. If you want to hear a lecture this Fall, just head down to University of South Carolina where you can find Professor Brown at work.
The best surprise of the weekend was provided by Aunt Mary and Uncle Tom, who drove all the way from Bufffalo, NY to surprise Kara for her graduation! They brought so much laughter and generosity into the weekend. An unforgettable act of kindness.
We attended a wonderful celebration given by Bradley, my sister's dissertation chair and advisor, and his wife, Debra! They filled their home with delicious food and many of Kara's favorite professors and friends. It was a grandmother's dream, because all the professors had glowing remarks for Kara.
Doyle, Kara's husband, organized a surprise trip to see a popular Blue Grass band called Del Mccoury. What an Indiana experience! We had a blast - and weren't shy in convincing the band members to pose with Kara after the show!
We are super proud of Kara for achieving her scholarly goal. As family members and friends know, there is only person who wanted it for her as much as she wanted it for herself -- and that is my dad, who would have been bursting with pride and cheering her on with all his energy.