Thursday, May 2, 2013

The University of Kansas Medical Center, Office of Facilities Planning announces the retirement of David Lee Brown, Assistant Director of Construction Administration, on June 30, 2013, after almost 23 years of outstanding service to the Medical Center community. The department gratefully salutes David for his dedication to managing the construction process on over 70 projects with a total value in excess of $150 million. To all who know David and have had the wonderful opportunity to work with him, please sign the guestbook below and include well wishes & congratulations on his retirement and future endeavors.

Best Wishes from The Office of Facilities Planning!  We all wish you a great future ahead after your retirement!


  1. I think the most iconic memory we in Facilities have is from the 90's when David was running the big projects and we would have our staff meetings. It would be David's time to reply to the question "How are your projects going?" David would say "Everything is fine!". Which meant everything was not fine but everything would soon be fine. This is David's approach to work and it helped the rest of us to be positive too.
    David, good luck in retirement. You will be sorely missed here at KUMC.
    Bill Barnhart

  2. David,"everything is not fine"! Your retirement will leave a void in Facilities Planning that will certainly be noticed. Words can not express how much I value your support and firm management of our construction projects. When contractor issues became difficult, I never doubted that you would hold them accountable to do the right thing and protect the interests of the university and state. Your conviction to do what is right and your personal integrity provides a good role model for all of us. Good Luck and don't forget to come by and visit from time to time.
    Dave Roland

  3. David,it has been my pleasure working with you on several projects at KUMC over the years. Your experience and expertise will be missed. Any issues that we on the Police department had you always stepped up and took care of our needs. I want to wish you well in your retirement, you are always welcome to stop by and visit.

    Donald Holland

  4. David, It has been my pleasure to know you as a friend. I learned a lot from you regarding construction projects during my tenure in Telecommunications. I wish you all the best in your retirement.

    Norma Turner

  5. David, Congratulations! It was my pleasure meeting you and getting to know you in our Jayhawk Way training sessions this past year. Best wishes for all the future holds for you! Best Regards, Don Eyberg

  6. David,
    We'll certainly miss your contagious smile, upbeat attitude and friendly voice! Whether from my days in Facilities Mgmt or in Purchasing, I've always enjoyed working with you. You've taken time to explain the details and reasons, which allowed us both to do our jobs. You are leaving here at such a young age, I hope you are taking the opportunity to enjoy the time and do things you really love but haven't had time to do. Best wishes David!

    Janie Meeker

  7. Hi, David.
    Congratulations - you've finally made it! I hope you have some wonderful plans for your retirement. Sure will miss your smiling face. Best of luck and keep in touch!

  8. David, I hope you get the opportunity to enjoy your retirement before returning to work here at KU as a volunteer. lol Reva

  9. David, it's hard for me to put down into words how I feel about your 'retirement', but I can say it has been a pleasure working with you these past 20+ years. I'm going to miss our talks and your 'everythings fine' and 'you know' comments. Good Luck!!!! -- Diana

  10. Congrats Mr. Brown, I know you'll be dearly missed. I hope you enjoy retirement. God bless!

  11. Congratulations David! Hope you and Nozella have a grand retirement enjoying more of each others company. All the best! :-)

  12. David, we will miss you very much. Our time working together on the School of Nursing building was very positive. Your optimistic attitude and great knowledge and skill made the design and construction process much easier and,I think, the building came out the better for it. I wish you the very best
    Rita Clifford

  13. I truly mean "CONGRATULATIONS" because I KNOW our God has something so big in your future, you will need Nozella to keep pinching you to make sure you aren't dreaming!!! It will be even more than you could ask or imagine! It only gets better from here because it will be only God's BEST and BLESSINGS in your future. Jo Mcleland

  14. Congrats Cousin David! GOD'S BLESSINGS upon this new chapter as you continue in HIS WILL. We love you & Nozella. Debra & Gary Carter (Columbia, Mo)

  15. Dear friend David, Congratulations on a job extremely well done. I hope you know just how highly I value your friendship and am so glad that we can continue to keep in touch here in facebook. I heartily agree with all of the above comments and wish you well with the next chapter in your life. You are one very special individual. Cyber Hug!!!

    Carol Lindahl

  16. Best of luck on your Retirement! Enjoy life at your leisure. Take care!

    Chrissy Gutierrez
    KUMC Credit Union

  17. David, You’ve been a real asset to the University and have to be proud of all that you’ve accomplished. It’s been a privilege knowing you. Enjoy your new life and take time to do everything you planned to do when you retire! Your friend, Dawn

    Dawn McInnis
    Rare Book Librarian

  18. David, I heard a rumor about you retiring at the end of the month. You lucky dog. I just want say that it has been great working with you through the years. You always conducted yourself very professionally. Best wishes and enjoy your retirement.

    Ray S. Smith, R.A.
    Office of Facilities & Procurement Mgmt. (OFPM)

  19. Dear Dave, I heard you have decided to retire from the daily grind. The good news is there is life after KUMC. Now you will have more time for the grand kids and family, traveling, living at a slower pace. Plenty of time for honey-do's. My advice is to wade into volunteer opportunities instead of diving. It was always such a pleasure to see your smiling face when you traveled to Wichita for our construction projects. Your role in the Wichita expansion should never be underestimated or forgotten.
    Congratulations, Dave. Best wishes for happy retirement.

    Jan Arbuckle

  20. David, "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD..." (Ps. 1)

    Those fortunate enough to work with David know his faith, and witness its application to every aspect of life. David treats others with grace. He lives his faith, not just reciting its tenets. David stands firm in his own beliefs without minimizing others. It is no wonder that many count themselves blessed to work with David.

    David invested much of himself in KUMC. His integrity and professionalism, in a commonly conflicted and dysfunctional environment, stabilized those around him. His direct and applicable manner focused on solving problems, not finding fault or minimizing others. As David moves forward, KUMC loses a valuable asset, but new horizons and opportunities emerge for David and Nozella.

    "He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."

    David - go forth, yield fruit, and prosper.

    Steve Paul

  21. David,
    I wish you the best in your retirement. I has been a real pleasure working with you. Best wishes and enjoy your retirement.

    George Steele

  22. David
    I wish you a long and happy retirement. We only work together for a short time and you have left a very postive impression with me. Where ever your road takes you, the people you encounter will be better people by just by the simple fact of having meet you. If you are ever in Wichita your call or stopping by (2 Brothers BBQ just is not the same with out you) would be welcomed.

    May the next chapter of your life be your best one yet.
    Bob Wiese

  23. What? No DLB at KUMC? Place just won't be the same. Gosh, won't you miss all of those meetings? Listening to project problems? Uhm, I'm guessing that won't be hard to leave behind. Your cool, calm and collected manner was always the best approach, and that's what I remember and appreciated the most during those renovation days. Time moves on and that makes life interesting, go for it and enjoy whatever comes next.

    Susan Brock