SUSLA holds prayer vigil for Professor Warner Brown

By Tracy Clemons – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- More than 100 people gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday afternoon to pay their respects to Associate Professor Warner Brown, who's described as one of the most popular professors on campus.

We're told Brown likely had a heart attack. He taught electronic technology at SUSLA since 1983.

"It's a huge loss for us. He was an icon on the campus. He was Southern University Shreveport," says Robert Hudson.

Thursday's vigil was in the building where he taught.

"Mr. Brown, above everything else, was caring. A very caring person. He was concerned about every student that came on this campus...about them being able to achieve an Associate's Degree before they left," Hudson says.

As tears flowed, the SUSLA family joined hands to pray for one another, and to thank God for the time they had with him.

"He loved people. He was a people person. You can't find too many people these days that love people for who they are, and make something out of them if they ain't nothing," says Jamie McKeever.

McKeever is one of Brown's former students.

"He was a hard professor, but even a baby can understand how he teaches."

Professor Robert Hudson worked with him since 1984. He says Brown had an unwavering commitment to the students, whether they took his class or not.

"Mr. Brown was the kind of person that believed Southern University was here for everybody to have an opportunity to better themselves in life."

Hudson says his sudden death leaves a huge hole not just in the classroom, but in the life of campus.

"He will be missed by all of us here."

KSLA News 12 is still waiting for word on funeral arrangements for Professor Brown. We will pass that information along as soon as it comes into our newsroom.

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