William Brown
1929 - 2016
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William T. "Bill" BROWN died peacefully at home on September 19, 2016 at the age of 87. A well-known and highly respected figure in Maryland and Washington, DC theatre, he designed and directed more than 150 productions. In 1970 he was a founding member of the theatre department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he taught and directed plays and where he served as department chair for 18 years, responsible for the development and acceptance of the UMBC theatre major. Beginning in 1985 he founded, designed, directed, and produced the Shakespeare on Wheels project, a unique traveling theatre that toured the Baltimore and DC area for 10 years during the summer. A graduate of Howard University, he received an MFA degree from Case Western Reserve University. While in Cleveland he served as designer and technical director at Karamu Theatre before returning to Howard University, where he taught for 11 years. During a two-year leave of absence he accepted a Rockefeller Foundation grant that took him and his family to the University of Ibadan in Western Nigeria. From 1963 to 1965 he helped develop a special theatre program designed to teach secondary school teachers how to use drama in their classrooms. His scenic designs were locally and internationally recognized, and throughout his life he continued to use his skills as a craftsman in woodwork and design. In 1956 he married Alfredine Parham, who died in 1988. He is survived by Frances Marie Farmer Brown, whom he married in 1990; by his daughter Opeyemi (Camilla) Parham and sons Darrell and Kevin; stepdaughter Gayla Elder-Leak, stepson Bradford Elder; grandchildren Annelise Parham, Jared Lynch, and Nicholas Chambers; and great-grandchildren Theodore William Kahn and Margaret Kahn, Sean Michael Elder and Priscilla Gaboton. Funeral services are being privately held. A celebration of the life of William T. Brown is planned for Fall 2017. An award for theatre research has been established in his name. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the UMBC Foundation (write William T. Brown Research Award in the memo line) 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250.

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Sep. 27, 2016.
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August 17, 2017
Calvin and Shirlyn Baker, first became acquainted with Mr. Brown during the Baltimore Summer Corp work program for high school students. He and his late wife became mentors for us. The life lessons learned from them were invaluable. We were so blessed to have continued our relationship with him after attending UMBC. May God bless his family and he will live in our hearts forever. With sincerest condolences, Shirlyn & Calvin
March 1, 2017
May this wonderful man rest in peace and may his family and loved ones know they are in our thoughts.
Rebecca Black
November 15, 2016
Marionette of my Dad...made by a friend of his.
Kevin Brown
October 17, 2016
Will was and will always be my angel, my heart goes out to the family. He was a good friend, father, and brother, son. He loved everyone equally, a beautiful person. I will greatly miss.
Sheri Williams
October 11, 2016
Our condolence from Portsmouth family DCSE.To the Brown family we offer our deepest condolences for the passing of your love one. Trust in God he will comfort through this time of bereavement.
God Bless your family.
Sally White
September 29, 2016
Professor Bill Brown was a significant leader at UMBC Theatre. A member of the founding faculty, he served 16 years as department chair, and has continued to support today's theatre majors with the William T. Brown Scholarship; so many have benefited. He was a long-time friend to us, as well as beloved colleague. He will be greatly missed.

UMBC Theatre extends its deepest condolences and gratitude to the Brown family.
Colette Searls
September 29, 2016
Bill and I were there together his first day at UMBC. He was a wonderful and patient teacher, mentor and friend. As a theatre teacher I often talk about him, think about him and recount stories about our time together. Bill, you will be missed!
Sherry Frank
September 29, 2016
Bill Brown was a driving force in my finishing college at UMBC and changed my life in so many wonderful ways. His talent and kindness both knew no boundaries.
My sincere condolences to his family.
Susan Duvall, Ellicott City, MD
September 28, 2016
Bill was my mentor, my friend and encouraged me to find my talent. RIP, Bill.
Thank you so much. You're in the big theatre now, I know you'll have a front row seat
Pat Barranger Sweeney
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