COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gordon Ewing Brown of Columbia, Mo., passed away at his home Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the age of 82. He was born Feb. 3, 1931, in Chicago, to Arthur Ernest and Edith Watters Brown.|
Gordon graduated from Knox College, where he met and married Anne Claypool. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University.
In service to country, First Lt. Gordon Brown, a dedicated officer, was on active duty in Germany and retired as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. In civilian life, he worked in sales and marketing in Chicago, New York and Toledo for Reynolds Aluminum, Lily-Tulip Cup Corporation and Owens-Illinois before opening his own business, Swifty Print, in St. Charles.
Gordon was a Rotarian for 26 years in St. Charles. He served as club president and on the staff of five District Governors of District 6440, the home cistrict. In retirement, he was a member of the Columbia Metro Rotary Club for 13 years and served on the staff of three district governors.
Mentoring was one of Gordon's passions. He graciously shared his rich reserve of life skills, helping high school and college students sketch the blueprints for their lives in and beyond the classroom.
Gordon is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anne; his children, Susan Adams (Paul) of Edmond, Okla.; Allison Crunick (Geoffrey) of La Vista, Neb.; Doug Brown (Kristine) of Omaha; grandchildren, Karen Goke (Karl), Tommy and Katie Adams and Ryan Brown; his sister-in-law, Anne Brown; and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, R. Harper Brown.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. at their home Saturday, June 8. For directions, call 573-446-9442. A private service and interment will be ain Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield at a later date.
Memorials/contributions are suggested to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693; Knox College, Office of Advancement, 2 E. South St., Galesburg, IL 61401; or The Illinois St. Andrews Society, 2800 Des Plaines Ave., North Riverside, IL 60546.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on June 8, 2013