Howard Brabson

Born September 18, 1925

Dr. Howard Victor Brabson September 18, 1924–January 1, 2013

Dr. Howard V. Brabson, age 87, of Ann Arbor, Michigan made his transition on New Year’s Day, after a lengthy illness, and now reaps the reward of eternal life with God our Father in his Heavenly Kingdom. Dr. Brabson was born on September 18, 1925, in Knoxville, Tennessee, the only child of Fannie Brabson Burroughs (deceased). He received his BS degree from the College of the Ozarks in 1957, and his MSW and DSW degrees from Catholic University of America in 1962 and 1975, respectively. Dr. Brabson, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan and President Emeritus of the National Association of Black Social Workers, was acclaimed for his distinguished military (United States Army) and professional career. In addition to the recognition he achieved at the University of Michigan (1969-1991) for his leadership, teaching talents, curriculum development, and mentoring of black students and undergraduate athletes, Dr. Brabson has been honored nationally for his humanitarianism and community service. Lovingly referred to as “Howard,” Dr. Brabson leaves to celebrate his life, a family of cousins, in addition to a host of friends, colleagues, students, and mentees (his “kids”), who make up his vast extended family. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary Student Parish, 331 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall (lower level) immediately following the service. Interment will be Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Highland Park Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. Please sign the Guest Book, and share your condolences, thoughts and memories, at


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2013

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sylvia childs

June 28, 2013

May your light forever shine Howard.

Sylvia Childs

June 28, 2013

I met Howard back when I was a young girl through my father Mr. Karim Childs of Chicago through NABSW back in 1980. He was like an uncle. I tried to find him through the years and decided to search his name..I'm saddened by this news but ever so grateful I met him. Rest on Uncle Howard.

Mike Taylor

March 25, 2013

Dr. "B" was a man of integrity who set my life on a oourse of success. He was always there with a word, advice, and encouragement. He was an absolute man of his word. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for me and my family.

March 21, 2013

Howard, Just finding out about your transition to a better place. We sure did
enjoy you here and will miss you so much.
Troy & Patricia

Graham Matthews

March 19, 2013

Dr. Howard V.Brabson was my mentor and my good friend. I was in one of his first classes in 1969 and we had remained friends.

I learned of his death while on a job interview last week...he will be greatly missed by many people.

Monique Harris

March 7, 2013

Dr. Brabson was a great mentor while I was at University of Michigan. He treated me like family. He will be missed. His spirit will live on through all those whose lives he touched.

January 31, 2013

Howard, just learned of your passing. You were greatly loved by me and my family. Sheila Owsley

Bill Jones

January 30, 2013

I remember Howard Brabson. He was a good and generous man. The world would be a better place with more people like Howard in it.
Rest In Peace, my brother.

betty jones-wheat

January 30, 2013

U r missed. You were n always will be a great influence in my life n that of my 2 boys. It swells my heart to see all of the greatness spoken of you here and always. God bless you always godfather.

Kenneth Beason

January 29, 2013

May God bless you forever Dr. Brabson. You can now spend time with Cene and all of the other great leaders of the National Association of Black Social Workers.