Dr. Charlotte Brown, a long-time resident of New Canaan, was honored as Woman of the Year at the 40th Anniversary Tea and Awards Dinner of AAUW held at the New Canaan Historical Society on May 13.

Brown was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University and attended Cornell Medical School. She completed residencies at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and then at Bellevue where she later was a clinical associate professor for 40 years.

She moved to New Canaan in 1952 and practiced pediatrics in both New Canaan and Wilton. She was also the director of health for the town from 1953 to 2000. Dr. Brown was very involved in the establishment of the InterChurch (now Interfaith) Council and the initiatives to start Waveny Care Center, the Schoolhouse Apartments, NCVAC, the New Canaan Inn and other services on which the town has relied for many years. She and her husband, Dr. David Brown, spent time in Haiti relieving doctors working there and she also worked in various African countries during her career. Brown has four children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren -- the "grands" all living in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ethel Shafter, one of the founding members of the New Canaan Branch, introduced guest speaker First Selectman Jeb Walker who expressed his appreciation for the efforts of groups like AAUW and their positive impact on the town of New Canaan.

Also honored at the Tea was Janet Lindstrom, executive director of the New Canaan Historical Society, who was given the award of "Branch Named Gift Honoree" for the branch's donation to the AAUW educational fund. Approximately 60 people attended the tea and 35 attended the dinner, which followed at the Roger Sherman Inn.