Woodbridge Blanchard Brown ’48

Woodbridge Blanchard Brown ’48 died on February 26, 2006, in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.

Born on June 22, 1927, in Newark, NJ, he prepared for college at the George Inness School in Montclair, NJ, and at Fryeburg Academy, and studied at Bowdoin for a year before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947 during World War II, attaining the rank of pharmacist’s mate 3rd class. He returned to the College in 1947 and graduated in 1950 as a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and the Class of 1948. He was an announcer at radio station WHAI in Greenfield, MA, and in 1958 became a communications specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also had his own public relations firm, Radio Design, and was self-employed for many years as the proprietor of the Billings-Brown Sawmill. In the 1980s, he was an elder worker specialist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s “Project Older Worker” program. He also cultivated several acres of cucumbers for sale to local pickle factories. For many years, he was an actor and director with the Stockade Players in Deerfield and Greenfield, MA, and was involved with many town committees in Montague and elsewhere in Franklin County. Beginning in 1987, he was the owner of Billings-Brown Corporation, dealing in antiquarian books and prints in Turners Falls, MA. Surviving are his wife, Leslie Pfeil Brown, whom he married in 1976; a son, Bruce; four daughters, Cynthia, Virginia, Sarah, and Martha; eight grandchildren; his stepmother, Agnes Brown; and three sisters, Susan Dell, Linda Smith, and Lucy Wellington.