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Ann Dudin Brown

Ann Dudin Brown
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Born1822
Died1917

Ann Dudin Brown (1822–1917) was a benefactor. She funded the establishment of Westfield College for women.

Life

Brown was born to John Dudin Brown and his wife, Ann, in 1822. Her father was a wharfinger on the River Thames and a generous benefactor. Brown was an evangelical Anglican. She never married and lived in London hotels.[1]

Brown devoted her life to Anglicanism and good works. When she was in her late fifties she heard of the American women who were being trained as missionaries in a college started by Mary Lyon.[2] She decided to copy that initiative when she was introduced by the Petrie family to a Constance Maynard and her group[3] who persuaded her to fund a new women's college in London instead.[2]

Westfield college was founded in 1882 by Brown and Constance Maynard. The college which had no name had two members of staff and five students.[4] Maynard was one of those staff and its first principal.[1] Dudin Brown was a frequent visitor to Westfield and she continued to make substantial contributions including funds for a permanent building, Kiddemore House, in 1890. She would fund students who had financial difficulties as well as St Luke's which was the nearest church. She was said to be pleased that the college created missionaries. The college only allowed Anglican students[2] and residency was a requirement.[4]

Brown died in Norfolk Hotel in South Kensington in 1917 where she had lived at the end of her life. She had said that her most pleasing work was funding Westfield College.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Janet Sondheimer, ‘Brown, Ann Dudin (1822–1917)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 11 March 2017
  2. ^ a b c Ann Dudin Brown, Women of Queen Mary U of London, Retrieved 11 March 2017
  3. ^ Margaret Birney Vickery (1999). Buildings for Bluestockings: The Architecture and Social History of Women's Colleges in Late Victorian England. University of Delaware Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-87413-697-5.
  4. ^ a b Westfield College, AIM25, Retrieved 11 March 2017

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