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SANDGATE -- Donald David Brown, a former medical advertising executive and agency senior partner who lived in Rye, N.Y., and in Sandgate died while visiting the Lake Peekskill home of his son on February 20, 2007. He was 83.

Mr. Brown was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Mamaroneck and Larchmont, N.Y. He attended Cornell College and Tulane University pursuant to a career in medicine. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in France and Germany. In 1952 he married Adair Warren Brown, with whom he lived for 50 years until her death in 2003. Mr. Brown has four grown children and four grandchildren.

Mr. Brown rose from pharmaceutical research and copywriting to become a sought after leader in his field, serving at L.W. Frolich, BBDO, and McCann Erikson in Manhattan and as a founding partner of Bryan, Brown & Molinsky in South Norwalk, Conn., with which he maintained a consulting relationship through 2006. In addition, he and his wife co-founded Don-Adair Communications Inc., a multi-media consultancy for pharmaceutical learning systems which they jointly managed until moving from New York property to their Vermont home in 1991.

Mr. Brown was active in Sandgate politics on the zoning board and on the board of selectmen until his wife’s health precluded elected duty. Mr. Brown is survived by his children, Adair Rowland of Amesbury, Mass.; Donald Warren Brown of Lake Peekskill, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold Eaton Brown of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Edwin Brown of Oakland, Calif., and his grandchildren, Evan Eaton Rowland, James Adair Rowland, Tyler Dugaw Brown, and Oliver Ivey Brown.

A memorial service and burial will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the family cemetery on their Sandgate property and coordinated through Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 22, 2007
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