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Alan S. Brown

May 23, 2006

Dr. Alan S. Brown, professor emeritus of history at Western Michigan University, died May 18 in Kalamazoo. He was 84.

Brown joined the WMU faculty as an assistant professor of history in 1955 and served for 36 years until his retirement in 1991. He was founder and first director, 1959 to 1966, of the University Archives and Regional History Collections; served as dean of Kanley Chapel in the late 1950s; and was an officer of the Faculty Senate.

A teacher of Michigan and American history, Brown's particular areas of scholarship were the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods. He was a 1989 recipient of WMU's Alumni Teaching Excellence Award and wrote numerous articles for professional journals. A past president of the Kalamazoo Historical Society, he also served as a trustee of the Michigan Historical Commission.

Brown served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and following the war, earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. He served for one year as an assistant professor of history at Kent State University, immediately prior to joining the WMU faculty.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Marjorie Brown of Kalamazoo, three children, two grandchildren, one brother and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at WMU's Kanley Chapel at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends and colleagues make donations to the charities of their choice.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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