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Bruce Langdon Brown

Bruce Langdon Brown, born November 16, 1919, passed away very peacefully on December 15, 2013. Born in Tacoma, Washington, raised in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle, High School in San Francisco and New Jersey, college at Dartmouth. He settled in San Francisco / Berkeley for many years, then made Little Rock, Arkansas his home until moving back to Seattle in 1990. He served in the Navy from 1941 to 1946 and was attache to an Admiral during WWII.

Focusing on Real Estate, Bruce was a savvy and successful business man, and was among the first to convert apartments to condominiums when living in Little Rock in the 70's. As well as developing and leasing professional buildings for the medical field. He possessed "a world of knowledge" in part due to his inquisitive mind, sharp intellect and was always eager to learn and discover new things and stay informed on contemporary issues in economics, technology and society.

He was keenly interested in passing on the knowledge he had acquired in business to aspiring business people, and this was embodied in the exceptional generosity of his time. Mentoring came naturally to Bruce, and this enthusiasm found a home at SCORE, Service Core for Retired Executives as well as Washington C.A.S.H. an organization helping entrepreneurs support one another's business goals.

He especially loved the interface between business and Art, as he understood the value of preserving culture through form and expression.

He was a voracious and disciplined reader and loved cutting out articles of interest and sending them to friends around the world, who he met while traveling, especially Mexico. Having visited every state in the country of Mexico, one of his travels found him befriending a young local in a Mexican library, who with Bruce's coaching was able to receive a scholarship, majoring in business, and going on to college in Oregon.

He had a huge group of friends. At Park Shore, his true leadership talents found a home. He was fun to be with and had good ideas on how to streamline costs and enhance the amenities, like procuring a bus for the residents. He served, often as chair on many committees.

Quoting him form a recent letter he wrote to his niece, "All men are equal. I despise bigotry of all kinds, I fought for equality in Berkley, San Francisco, Seattle, and other places." He was always looking for the best in you...and somehow, we knew it.

You are already very much missed Bruce, by your niece Shane Brown Bumbalo, daughter of his late brother Gordon S. Brown, and her son Lucas Bumbalo of Shoreline, his God-son Peter Hambling and family of Bellevue, and many friends of all ages and interests.

A celebration for his wonderful life will be held at Park Shore in Madison Park, January 4, 3-5pm.

If so desired, contributions may be made in the name of Bruce L. Brown: Washington CASH, 2100 24th Ave S #380, Seattle WA 98144
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 22, 2013
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