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Charles Stuart Brown

No. 1994228 April 1930 - 5 December 2000

Died: Troy, Michigan

Charles Stuart Brown was born in New York City on 28 Apr 1930 to Mr. and Mrs. Lyndon M. Brown. He graduated from the New York Military Academy, where he excelled in track and cross country. After high school, he attended Champlain College for a short time before enlisting in the Regular Army in 1949. Initially assigned to what was then the Coast Artillery, he soon applied for a competitive Regular Army appointment to West Point and was transferred to the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS)at Stewart Field, Newburgh, NY. Chuck received the Regular Army competitive appointment he sought and entered the Academy in July 1950. Beast Barracks was an easy grind for Chuck; he took it all in stride while maintaining a sense of humor.


    Chuck joined Company I-2, living in what was then the 43rd Division of New North Barracks. Yearling year was spent in the “penthouse” room where, with the sardonic wit for which he was known, he was able to proclaim he was the highest man in the Corps, although that location also caused him to travel the farthest for reveille formation. He was a middle-distance runner on the varsity track team all four years, was awarded the major “A” and Navy star for track, and was named captain of the team in his First Class year under Coach Carleton Crowell. He also served as the manager of the cross country team. As a measure of his competitiveness, teammates remember him running effectively in the Penn Relays with a broken foot! He was also a member of the Class Ring Committee.


    Upon graduation, Chuck chose assignment in the Infantry and, during graduation leave, married Maureen Daly in Harrison, NY, with four of his classmates attending. He then went through the Infantry Officers Basic Course and the Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA. From 1955 to 1957, he was posted to Ft. Kobbe in the Panama Canal Zone, where he and Maureen lived. In 1957, he resigned his commission as a first lieutenant. The peacetime Army just wasn’t challenging enough for him.


    Chuck and Maureen were divorced in 1968. On 13 Mar 1969, Chuck married Delores Malow in Elkton, ME, and the two remained together for the rest of his life.


    His first civilian job was with Carrier in Fayetteville, NY, followed by sales positions with Russell, Birdsall and Ward in Rye, NY. After earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, he progressed to senior sales management with SPS in Philadelphia, followed by positions as vice president of marketing with Lau Blower in Dayton, OH, and general manager of Revcor, Inc. in Elgin, IL. After decades of successful sales and marketing experience, he established his own sales company, CS Brown & Associates, representing companies providing hardware for home construction, and settled in Shelby Township, MI, with Delores. He called her “Dee Dee” and she called him by his given name, “Charles.” He became an avid golfer and, as you would expect from this competitive athlete, sported a low handicap. A classmate who had not seen him for more than twenty years visited him in Michigan and was impressed by his physical condition. He looked like he could still run a respectable half mile.


    Charles and Delores were planning their dream house, but, tragically, he never lived to see it completed. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had the gland removed. But the cancer had spread, and seven years later, after a final two-year battle, he succumbed to the disease. He died on 5 Dec 2000, was cremated, and his ashes were interred in Christian Memorial Cemetery in Rochester Hills, MI. He is survived by his wife Delores, daughters Holly Seymour and Caroline Brown, son Charles S. Brown, Jr., and stepson William Malow, as well as four grandchildren and one step-grandchild. He will be missed by all.


A classmate


He was a middle-distance runner on the varsity track team all four years,

was awarded the Major "A" and Navy star for track,

and was named the captain of the team in his first class year ...


Originally published in TAPS, SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2006

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