When George R. Brown died in 1983, he was one of the wealthiest men in Texas. He was also an icon in the state's business world, having turned a few mules and wagons into Brown & Root, the fourth-largest construction business in the world. But Brown never forgot his poor roots. And Brown impressed the lessons of poverty on his daughters.
In turn, Maconda Brown O'Connor has become a champion for poor children, especially troubled teens. And her political giving has been motivated by the same drives -- the determination to make a difference and to help those who need it.