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Dalphia Rae Brown NORTH BENNINGTON Rae Brown of North Bennington passed away on June 8, 2012, after a brief illness. She was 79. Born in Hanover, N.H., Rae graduated from Bellows Falls High School, Vt. She attended Syracuse University for a year as a pre-med student before transferring to the University of Vermont, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1953. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1965, worked as a secretary in the Physics Department at Harvard, and with her late husband, Donald Brown, was a House Parent for Radcliffe College undergraduates. Rae and Donald Brown were married 30 years until his death in 1982. In 1966 the Browns moved to Bennington, where Donald became a professor of political science at Bennington College and later served as Dean of Faculty while Rae worked part time in the college's Office of Admissions and later in the Early Childhood Center. A member of the Vermont Weavers Guild and the Valley Artisans in Cambridge, N.Y., Rae was a master spinner, weaver, and knitter who raised sheep and ran a farm in Shaftsbury for more than 20 years. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed cross-country skiing and healthy living, and loved to read. One of her great joys was listening to music; she loved attending concerts in which her children and their friends performed as they were growing up, and she was a regular patron of Sage City Symphony. Rae will be missed very much by daughter Jennifer Brown Brent of Bennington; son and daughter-in-law Stephen Brown and Metta McGarvey of Manomet, Mass.; grandchildren Max G. Brent of Jacksonville, Fla., Claire Bennet of Needham, Mass., and Ethan Beal-Brown of Bennington; and sister and brother-in-law June and Ed Watkins of Lowville, N.Y.; sister-in-law Marilyn Wolfe; and her nieces, nephews, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bennington County Meals Program, or the John G. McCullough Free Library, in care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service is planned for Friday, June 22, at 3 p.m. at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 Main Street in Bennington; calling hours will begin at 2 p.m. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Published in Bennington Banner on June 13, 2012
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