Joseph Brabant

Joseph Brabant

As a lasting tribute to his wife’s tremendous life, Joseph Brabant ‘73, her husband of 39 years and Jefferson Community College alumnus, has graciously funded capital improvements to the nursing laboratory and created the Brabant Family Endowment for Medical Education, a non-tuition scholarship to help students enrolled in nursing, paramedic or liberal arts and sciences allied health programs at Jefferson. For his generosity and to honor his wife’s legacy, the Nursing Laboratory at Jefferson Community College will be named the Bobbi Brabant Memorial Nursing Laboratory.


Roberta (Bobbi) Lynn Brabant dedicated much of her life to serving children and their families in the North Country. A native of Potsdam, she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from Oswego State University and Syracuse University, respectively. Bobbi worked for the New York State Office of Mental Health and proudly served as the co-director of the Outward Bound program. In addition, she worked with children, families and geriatric patients through her private practice in Watertown, NY. In 1994, she moved to Roanoke, VA to continue her life’s work at Fresenius Dialysis Center.

Bobbi was highly regarded as a social worker, creating a special bond with every patient and making a lasting impact on their lives. She especially loved serving children, inspiring their self-confidence and drive to be the best they could be. After a courageous battle with cancer, Bobbi died in 2015.