Pamela K. Brown

BROWN, Pamela K., Sep 12, 1952 – Jun 10, 2011. Pam was active in the Omaha community since moving here in 1976. She was a long-time advocate for children and families in our state. Pam knew the importance of working with others to accomplish meaningful change. She was involved with the Junior League on the local and national level. During three terms in the Nebraska State Legislature, Pam worked in the areas of economic development, child support and housing. Pam also served on the Nebraska Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. She was a leader in developing legislation in 1988 to establish four pilot programs in early childhood education that became the basis for much of what is done today in Nebraska. About the time the early childhood legislation passed, Pam was selected as the regional public policy liaison for the Association of Junior Leagues. Pam was elected president of the Junior League of Omaha and was also named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans. While serving as Junior League president, Pam helped launch Race for the Cure in Omaha in 1990. Pam has served on task forces for Gov. Orr (early childhood education) and Gov. Nelson (children and families). She also served as co-chair for the Nebraska Child Care and Early Childhood Education Coordinating Committee. Pam was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1994 and was re-elected twice, serving until 2006. She was involved with strategies for development of the Aksarben area, including the Peter Kiewit Technology Center. She sponsored legislation that attracted Caterpillar Klaas to Sarpy County and was involved with legislation that kept Qwest and Union Pacific’s headquarters in Omaha. Her emphasis on child welfare led to sponsorship of legislation that centralized child support collections. Affordable housing was another of Pam’s interests. She helped rewrite the housing authority statute for the state and was involved with legislation regarding valuation for tax purposes of property development for low- to moderate-income individuals. After leaving the legislature, Pam started Prairie Bunkers Data Center Development Co. and was the CEO of the company. In 2008 she worked with Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society to secure additional state funding for the Every Woman Matters program that provides screening for breast and cervical cancer for low-income women. Pam also worked on the national level with the Susan G. Komen organization. She received the Junior League of Omaha’s highest award, Sustainer of the Year, in 2008. She was currently a member of the Women’s Fund of Omaha Board of Directors and on the Charles Drew Health Center Foundation Board. She was preceded in death by her father Paul E. Kemp; father-in-law and mother-in-law Paul Brown and Betty Brown of Broken Bow; and brother-in-law Doug Brown of Norfolk. She is survived by her husband Steve; her son Paul; mother Norma Kemp of Broken Bow; brother and sister-in-law Dan and Laurie Kemp of Omaha (niece and nephew Alison and Danny); sister-in-law and brother-in-law Polly and Gary Hultquist of Sonoma, CA (nieces and nephew Katie, Sarah and Peter); sister-in-law Gloria Brown of Norfolk (nieces and nephew Natalie, Lindsay and Benjamin); and many great friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday, 4pm-8pm at the West Center Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Nebraska Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund.

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