Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, M. Div. (1943 – 2021), was an Upstream Board member as well as a member of the Upstream North Carolina Advisory Committee. She was a woman with many gifts and talents. A physician, a minister, a volunteer, a leader — these are just a few of the hats that she wore in her daily work. But most of all, Dr. Garmon-Brown was a caregiver and advocate for the health and well-being of North Carolinians. She served as Chief Community Health and Wellness Officer at Novant Health and as a board-certified family practitioner, touching the lives of thousands of patients.
Her loss will be acutely felt across the many circles where she shared her time and imparted her wisdom and counsel. Few people share their gifts in service of community the way that Ophelia has, and for that and so much more, her legacy will live on.