Brown, Anna Menelaus
Died at her home in Jamaica Plain, MA surrounded by her family on November 23 after an heroic 5 year odyssey with metastatic breast cancer at age 72. She was a beloved teacher of special needs children for over 20 years, the last 10 at the Charles Sumner School in Roslindale, having previously taught in Charlestown, MA and in New Jersey. Her other great passion was acting. From winning awards in high school at Morningside High in Los Angeles, to touring Hamlet in Maine with the Theater at Monmouth, to her last roles as The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Linda in Death of a Salesman at the Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain, she was known to be a terrifically talented actress. Born and raised in Los Angeles, daughter of the late Robert and Louise Menelaus, she met her late husband Curtis A. Brown while both were pursuing Theater Degrees at UCLA. They went on to live an adventurous partnership of 27 years moving across the country, living in Chicago, Cedar Rapids, New Jersey, even Toronto and Rio de Janeiro. Everywhere she lived Anna found a new theater group to participate in, a new school to teach in, and new ways to enjoy life. And she always had her books. She was a particularly avid reader from a very young age, a passion she shared with her dear friend Gail, with whom she enjoyed everything Harry Potter. Of all her gifts and passions, her greatest delight was being a mother and grandmother. She is survived by her son Adam Brown, her daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Keith DeSutter, her grandson Jake Colbert, her dear friends Karen and Kenneth Cohen of San Diego, and her dearest friend Gail Conboy of New Jersey. She is missed by many more than can be counted. Her family and friends are very grateful to Drs. Isakoff, Taghian, Brenner, and Zucker, Nurses Furlani and Miller, and PT Jean O'Toole of Massachusetts General Hospital for their amazing dedication and care during her illness. There will be a private memorial celebration Sunday, December 9th. If you would like to attend, please contact for details. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Anna M. and Curtis A Brown Movies for Lunder Fund, created by the family to honor their shared passion for film. It will provide the much needed escape of movies by installing DVD players for the in-patient rooms at the Lunder Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 2, 2012