Heddy Murphey Brown (2019)

Heddy Brown was born and raised in Tampa and is a graduate of St. John’s School, Plant High School, and Vanderbilt University.  Her professional experience is in marketing, newspaper reporting, and free-lance writing.  She is involved in the Tampa Bay community through philanthropic work as president of the Sumter L. Lowry Foundation and the Lowry Murphey Family Foundation.  In addition, she serves on the Parent Leadership Council of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Heddy and her husband, Andy Brown, an attorney, have three grown daughters:  Ann Lowry, Ellie, and Emmala, all of whom graduated from St. John’s School and two of whom served as acolytes.  While raising their daughters in the 1990s and 2000s, Heddy and Andy were involved in various church ministries including teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and working on Every Member Canvass campaigns.  In addition, they each served previously on the Vestry. Heddy served on the St. John’s School Board of Trustees in the early 2000s, during which time she chaired the School’s annual giving campaign and served on a search committee for a new Headmaster.

She currently serves as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, a deeply meaningful experience she has enjoyed for six years.  Andy is currently a Lay Reader and Chalice-Bearer.  Heddy is grateful for her lifelong affiliation with St. John’s Church and School and for her family’s unique experience of sharing Christian fellowship here for several generations.