Preston Brown ’41

Preston Brown ’41 died March 22, 2013, at the Veterans Hospital in Bay Pines, Fla. He was born in Sharon, Mass., on September 22, 1918, and prepared for college at Sharon High School and the Lenox School.He earned a Certificate of Honor from Bowdoin in 1939, a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, after which he joined the Army Air Corps at age 21 to become a pilot. He served as a “hump pilot” in the Burma-China region of the Pacific Theatre, flying C-47 cargo planes over the Himalayas. He served twenty-three years in what became the Army Air Forces and eventually the Air Force, becoming at 35 one of the youngest to attain the rank of full colonel. He retired from the service in 1962. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree cum laude in 1949 and master’s of business administration in 1950, both at Ohio State University. After a thirteen-year civilian career at the Pentagon and Lockheed Corporation, he retired in 1976. He is survived by daughter Deborah Herrick Hess and son Philip M. Brown II; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased in 1979 by his wife of 37 years, Mildred Bull Brown; brothers Kenneth H. and Gordon Brown; and sisters Phyllis Brookfield, Carolyn Berchtold, and Barbara H. MacLeod.

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