Baylor’s adult cystic fibrosis center honors Houston philanthropist’s legacy

Baylor College of Medicine recently celebrated the naming of the Maconda Brown O’Connor, Ph.D. Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center. Dr. O’Connor’s family and friends gathered for a Sunday brunch to remember a woman whose luminous spirit is still celebrated in Houston.

Dr. O’Connor’s family’s non-profit organization, The Brown Foundation, Inc., has generously supported a wide range of initiatives at the College for more than 35 years. The recent contribution of $2 million to name the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at Baylor was a legacy gift to honor Maconda Brown O’Connor.

The daughter of George R. Brown, she was a lifelong advocate for medical, educational and social services needs in Houston. She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others, and cystic fibrosis patients were close to her heart.

Dr. O’Connor wanted to ensure that the care of cystic fibrosis patients continues to improve and that they live full and active lives. With the help of her family’s gift, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital will continue to collaborate to help young patients transition into adulthood.

Dr. Marcia Katz, professor of medicine at Baylor and the Brown Foundation Professor of Adult Cystic Fibrosis, hosted the event with Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor. They thanked the O’Connor family for the generous gift.