George Brosan

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BROSAN, GEORGE B. - Local, National and International Law Enforcement Officer, Annapolis Resident George B. Brosan, former Maryland State Police Superintendent, died Thursday, February 27th, 2014 of cancer at his home in Annapolis. He was 78. The son of George Aaron Brosan, a New York City Police Officer and Helen Sullivan, George Bernard Brosan was born on November 5, 1935 in New York City. Upon her husband's untimely death in 1948, Helen Brosan took on two jobs to maintain her family in a four-room apartment above a candy store. Her son George attended Resurrection Catholic elementary school and graduated from LaSalle Academy in 1949. After earning a bachelor's degree in business from Fordham University, Bronx, NY in 1957, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant U.S. Army Infantry. Prior to his discharge in 1968 he attained the rank of Captain. He married the former Lynne Cowan in 1958, and their journey through life began. Following in his father's footsteps, he began his career with the New York City Police Department in 1959, walking beats in Central Park and Harlem. He also did duty in the Tactical Patrol Force. "I always wanted it," he said of his law enforcement career. In 1962 Brosan became a criminal investigator in the United States Customs Service on duty in New York City. As a special agent he worked mostly in matters of internal security and he was often called on for special assignments across the globe. In 1965 he earned a Masters Degree in public administration from City College of New York and soon found himself at U. S. Customs Service headquarters in Washington D C. Again he was dispatched elsewhere on varied cases, domestic and foreign. In the 1970's he organized crime strike forces and was involved with numerous high profile figures, among them Dr. Timothy Leary of LSD fame. His reputation for taking down large-scale drug smuggling operations with ties to organized crime both local and international earned him both friends and enemies. When President Richard M. Nixon formed the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1977 Brosan was posted as Chief Inspector of the new agency. During his tenure he also served as Chief of the Freedom of Information Unit and Special Agent in Charge of Baltimore, a position he held for over six years. His last assignment for DEA was Deputy Assistant Administrator for Training, a role that took him and his family to Glynco, Georgia. Coincidental with his DEA retirement and fiftieth birthday in 1985, then Governor Harry Hughes called on Brosan to restore sound management principles to the Maryland State Police. At the time the agency was reeling in controversy that involved charges of promotion tampering, racial bias and low morale. He identified three areas requiring immediate attention; changing the promotion system, getting better pay for the troopers and beefing up minority recruitment. All objectives were accomplished. With the job came the rank of Colonel, but Brosan always chose to wear a business suit in lieu of a uniform. "By not wearing it," he said, "I clearly identify myself as not having come from the agency," which was important at the time. He served out the time remaining in Governor Parris N. Glendenning's administration and a subsequent law enforcement position took him to Nashville Tennessee. In 1997 Lt. Governor Kathleen Townsend asked him to return to Maryland to form an experimental program known as the Police Corps. She subsequently asked Brosan to become Deputy Secretary for Operations in the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which embraced a number of state agencies including the Prison System. Often decorated over the course of his career, in 1973 he received the Arthur Flemming Award as one of the ten outstanding young people in the U. S. Government. Retirement came in 2003 when he took on his two most cherished roles, full-time husband to his beloved Lynne, and full-time grandfather. In the course of their life together he and Lynne traveled to seven continents, Africa being his favorite foreign destination. In addition to his wife Lynne and brother Dennis (Patricia), survivors include children, Lawrence (Lisette) of Arnold, MD; Terrence (Leanna) of Lexington, KY and Aileen (Bernard) Kreppel of Pasadena, MD, and eight grandchildren: Connor, Devyn, Andrew, Chancery, Jordan, Tiara, Jonathan and Kevin. Family and friends may call at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 on March 5th from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 620 North Bestgate Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401 on Thursday, March 6 at 9 am. An online guestbook is available at: Brosan's career and personal stories can be found at

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Published in The Capital on Mar. 4, 2014
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