Donna Brookes Cowan, Phd.


Donna Brookes Cowan 70, of Fernandina Beach, FL, formerly of Burlington, VT and Bowie, MD, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 26 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.

Brookes, a much beloved professor at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, VT for 32 years, was named Outstanding Professor of the Year and nominated for the award every subsequent year thereafter. Having received her Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Brookes also earned a Masters of Social Work while teaching at UVM and provided grief counseling to the bereaved of the Burlington area.

She was a passionate advocate for quality end of life care and hospice and taught an original course on the Sociology of Death and Dying in hopes that graduating students would carry the hospice message back to their families and friends.

She was an avid tennis player with a wicked sliced backhand and played on several intra-island and inter-club leagues in the greater Amelia Island area.

She was predeceased by her parents, Eugene and Grace Cowan of Bowie, MD.

She leaves behind her spouse Jaye Roseborough and her two dogs, AnjoBanjo and Buckaroo, of Fernandina, her daughter-in-law Lori Haller and granddaughters Olivia and Emma, of Boston, MA, a brother, Edward Eugene Cowan, Jr. and nephews Seth and Adam Cowan of Frederick, MD, several beloved cousins and their spouses and children, and many wonderful friends.

A celebration of her life will be held sometime next month.