The James Brown Lecture Series has been endowed with memorial funds donated to the Thompson Free Library in memory of Brown, who lost his life in a boating accident in November 2008. The series presents lectures on topics related to history and literature, both areas of the humanities of great interest to Brown.
As the longtime chair of the English Department at Foxcroft Academy, Brown helped two generations of students explore the world of books. He was president of the Thompson Free Library Association and chaired its Executive Committee during the capital campaign that raised $800,000 to construct the library addition in 2006. Brown was also president of the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society.