CONCORD - Frank W. Brown of Concord died Dec. 24, 2012, at Courville of Nashua.
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He was born on June 21, 1922 in Whitefield, son of Forest G. and Evie (Witcher) Brown. He attended the University of New Hampshire. As a senior, he was called to active duty in April 1943. He was commissioned as second lieutenant at Fort Knox Kentucky. He volunteered and attended Parachute School at Fort Benning, Ga., and received his Parachute Wings in August, 1944.
After completing additional training he served in the Philippines. He joined the 187th P/G Regiment in June 1945. While in the 11th Airborne, he served as platoon leader of Company E and company commander of Company G. He was stationed in Manila, Okinawa, Atsugi, Sendi, Sapporo and Hukkiado, Japan. He was discharged as a first lieutenant in August, 1946, at the end of World War II.
Following completion of service, he returned to UNH and Harvard University to complete his education. He earned a master's degree at Harvard School of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study and worked at the Center for Field Studies at Harvard.
He taught school at Goffstown, and at Plainfield, N.J. He joined the N.H. State Department of Education where he served as head of Division of Instruction for 31 years, until his retirement in 1987.
He was an active member of First Congregational Church for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity and Eureka Lodge, and the American Legion Post 21.
His family members include his wife of 65 years, Lorraine (Kirby) Brown of Concord; a son, Peter A. Brown and his wife Suzanne, of Nashua; and a daughter, Jenifer Brown of Concord; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
services: Family graveside service will be private. A celebration of life service will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the First Congregational Church, 177 North Main St., Concord. A reception will follow at the Red Blazer, 72 Manchester St., Concord.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Frank's memory to the First Congregational Church, Memorial Committee, 177 N. Main St., Concord, 03301.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.
Published in Union Leader on Dec. 27, 2012