MYRON BROWN VERGENNES - Myron "Mike" Brown died Aug. 20, 2013. He was born Nov. 12, 1933, in Hancock, son of Benjamin and Dorothy Whittier Brown. He attended a one room school house in Hancock and graduated from BHS in 1951. Mike earned a BS degree and a BA degree in education from UVM in 1956. He later received a MA from UVM and PhD in Education from Southern Florida University. Mike's teaching experience spanned from Shelburne High School, part-time instructor at UVM, and Winooski High School, where he was a math/science teacher, counselor, track and field, girls' basketball and boys' basketball assistant coach. He headed the Pupil Personnel Services for Winooski School District from 1970-1975. In 1965, he received the Vermont Teacher Recognition Award. An avid writer, Mike became a freelance feature writer for the Burlington Daily News and Burlington Free Press while at UVM. Several of his articles appeared in The Reader's Digest, and The Saturday Evening Post. Writing continued to be a companion to him in his later years and he was currently working on a novel at the time of his death. Following retirement from teaching, Mike owned and brokered Brownland Realty Agency, where he was recognized for his dedication to environmental development. In 1960, Mike married his wife of 52 years, Lorna Dean, in the Shelburne Museum Meeting House. Mike was a humorist as well as a passionate naturalist and duck decoy collector. He was an enthusiast of Vermont folk art, as well as being a supporter of contemporary Vermont artists and craftspeople. Mike is survived by his wife, Lorna; four children, Kimberly Brooke (John) Kempf of Pocatello, Idaho, Deanna (Mike) Hovland of Billings, Mont., Tyler Brown of Burlington, and Allison Carr of Ferrisburgh; and his grandchildren, Alexandria and Victoria Kempf, Iver and Erik Hovland, and Anna and Lila Carr. He is also survived by his two brothers, Allan Brown of Charlotte, and Robert Cronan of Venice, Fla. The family is grateful for all the support provided by close friends, their North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church Family, Jennifer Brisson of CVAA, Jared O'Donnell, Carrie James, Brenda Owens, the weekend nurses from Addison Home Health and Hospice, and Hospice volunteers. A memorial service will be held at the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church, Sept. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. A private celebration of Mike's life will follow with a pie and ice cream social at The Armory, 50 Armory Lane, Vergennes. Memorial Gifts in Mike's memory may be made to Addison Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT; or The Dean Island Trust Fund, c/o Steven Leary, 437 Partridge Hill Rd., Hinesburg, VT 05461.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 23, 2013