Sierra College Foundation gets $300,000 gift
February 27, 2012
• Bequest will support nursing program
• ‘Will benefit nursing students for many years’
Erna Brown, who wished she had pursued a career as a doctor, has left a gift to Sierra College in Rocklin that will help train others in medicine.
The former Sacramento nurse who died earlier this year donated most of her estate -- more than $300,000 -- to the Sierra College Foundation to help nursing students pay for uniforms, shoes and other college expenses.
It’s the second highest gift the Foundation has ever received.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Erna Brown,” says Sonbol Aliabadi, executive director of the Sierra College Foundation. “Her gift to the college will benefit nursing students for many years. We are very grateful for her considerable kindness.”
Ms. Brown grew up in Santa Rosa, but spent much of her adult life in Sacramento, before relocating to Sun City Lincoln Hills, a retirement community in Lincoln. She was a longtime nurse with Kaiser Hospital, serving in the newborn baby intensive care unit for many years.
Ms. Brown moved to Sacramento in the late 1960s and worked for the state in the Bridge Department, which is now under Caltrans’ jurisdiction. She later took a federal job in Washington D.C., but returned to Sacramento a few years later and switched careers. She received her registered nurse degree from Sacramento State and later got her master's degree in hospital administration.