R. Frederick Brown Jr. ’63

R. Frederick Brown Jr. ’63 died on January 9, 2019, in Bloomfield, Connecticut. 

(The following appeared online at carmonfuneralhome.com in January 2019:)

Fred Brown '63Fred was born in Augusta, Maine, on January 30, 1941 to Leia (Togni) Brown and R. Frederick Brown Sr. and died January 9, 2019 in Bloomfield, Connecticut. He is survived by his children, Sarah and her husband John of Massachusetts, Peter of Chicago, and Adam and his fiancé Alexa of Connecticut, his sisters Jeannette of New Mexico and Barbara and her husband Tillman of North Carolina, his nieces. Stephanie and her husband Dan and their daughters of Maine, Leia and her husband Jamie and their children, also of Maine.

He was a proud 1959 graduate, with honors, of Morse High School in Bath Maine. He completed his undergraduate degree in 1963 from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a B.A. in psychology. After two years of teaching in New Britain Connecticut he went to graduate school at Cornell University in Ithaca New York. He graduated in 1967 with a master of science for teachers degree.

In 1969 he began his long tenure at Wm. H. Hall High School. He taught Biology and AP Biology until his retirement in 2000. As an extension of his passion for teaching, he coached for many years. He began at New Britain High School as an assistant track coach. While at Hall High he was assistant boys basketball coach in the early- to mid-1970s and head coach for the boys track team between 1971-1979 including the CCIL title team of 1976. After retiring from the classroom he was an assistant girls track coach on and off for over a decade.

After his retirement from teaching, he consulted on the science and AP biology curriculum and teacher training for both the State of Connecticut and the US Department of Education. He also lent his time to BSA Troop 12 of West Hartford as Scout Master of some pretty terrific boys. During his tenure he saw more than nine boys, including his son Adam, achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

He enjoyed all things out-of-doors—hiking, canoeing, camping, tennis, skiing, bird watching, and identifying all types of flora fauna by their full Latin name. He was also an avid listener of NPR. His favorites being “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Car Talk,” and “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.” He truly enjoyed connecting with friends and family on FB, sharing political cartoons and opinions, poetry, and genealogy. Most of all he loved watching “his” UConn Women’s basketball team (always coaching from the couch, unbeknownst to coach Auriemma).

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