Dr. Karen Ann Brown
1949 - 2016
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Brown, Dr. Karen Ann
Karen Ann Brown died Aug. 21, 2016 of pancreatic cancer. She was born Mar. 19, 1949, the oldest of five children of Betty Ann (Preston) Brown and Robert Benton Brown. Karen graduated from the University of Washington in 1971 with a BS in dental hygiene. After graduation, she was hired by Northern Arizona University. She began her MBA studies at NAU while serving as dental hygiene department chair. In 1977 she moved back to Seattle and transferred to the MBA program at the UW, graduating in 1979. After completing her Ph.D. degree, Karen accepted a tenure-track position at Seattle University, and advanced to the rank of full professor. In 1998, Karen taught at IESE in Barcelona, Spain, as a visiting professor. She also began her 15-year relationship with the China-Europe International Business School (CEIB) in Shanghai, where she led executive seminars. Karen's personal life revolved around her children, son Preston and stepdaughter Kippy. In 2000, Karen accepted a full-professor position at UW, Bothell. Thunderbird School of Global Management lured her back to Arizona in 2006. Managing Projects: A Team-Based Approach, co-authored with Nancy Lea Hyer, was published during her time at Thunderbird, as were many research findings in professional journals. She retired from Thunderbird as Professor Emeritus in 2014 to devote herself fulltime to battling her pancreatic cancer. Karen's extensive climbing adventures included summiting Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Grand Canyon was her favorite; she hiked into Phantom Ranch and rim-to-rim-to-rim, countless times. In 2014, Karen married David Wolford, her soul mate and companion of the previous six years. Karen was preceded in death by her brother David, mother Betty Ann, and father Robert. She is survived by her son Preston Clark, grandson Oliver Clark, husband David Wolford, siblings Gail Brown Quigg (John), Robert Benton Brown, Russell Preston Brown (Jan Davis), and her stepchildren Kippy Irwin (Scott), Heather Wolford Personne (Matt), Scott Wolford (Heidi), and Jackie Wolford Christensen, along with their seven children. Her family suggests donations in her memory to the Honor Health Research Institute, 8125 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Celebrations of Life for Karen will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, from 2-57 PM at The Sanctuary, 5700 E McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 in Phoenix, AZ and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-5PM, at the Washington Athletic Club, 1325 6th Ave., Seattle, WA. 98101.



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Published in The Arizona Republic from Aug. 27 to Sep. 4, 2016.
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March 14, 2017
I am deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Brown's passing. She was a wonderful professor and I count myself fortunate to be among her students at Thunderbird.

My deepest condolences to her family, especially her son, of whom she spoke often during our classes.
Richard Franklin
September 30, 2016
I loved how Karen's face lit up the room when she walked in. She was a great professor and students appreciated her tough expectations. She was a joy to work with and I always enjoyed hearing about her hiking adventures and Preston. She will be missed greatly.
Terry Chasteen, Former UWB adviser
September 28, 2016
I am sorry to hear about Professor Brown! She was such a fabulous instructor. I will never forget her tough Production and Operations Management and Project Management classes at Seattle U in the MBA program so long ago. We all learned so much from her. I am so sorry for the loss of such a great role model both in the classroom, in the world at large, and most likely in her family as well. I am sure I speak for many former students who didn't happen to see this notice in their busy lives and it almost passed by me as well but I saw her face in the Seattle Times and the memories flooded back.
- Grateful former student
September 5, 2016
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. Psalms 119:50,76

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September 3, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help the Brown family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13
September 3, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help the Brown family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13
Carla
September 3, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
D. Jeremiah 29:11 Andrews
September 3, 2016
Our sincerest condolences to your family! May the True God who hears our prayers and our cries for comfort; heal your pain and console your hearts.-Psalm 54:2-4
Your neighbors DaSalla family
September 2, 2016
May your family find the love, strength, and courage needed to cope with the loss of your loved one.
September 2, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the words at 2 Kings 20:5, I ( God ) have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Hear I am healing you.
Katherine
August 31, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Please keep yourselves close to God by means of prayer and supplication.
K S
August 31, 2016
Heartfelt condolences to the Brown family. May the God of comfort be with your family during this difficult time. I hope you find the promise recorded at 1 Thess. 4:14 comforting.
Crystal
August 30, 2016
I am so sad. I remember Karen as Miss Kent and Miss SeaFair. I only knew her when I was young. I don't know her husband or family now, but I am so sad you lost such a wonderful person.
joel cunningham
August 30, 2016
My deepest sympathies to family and friends during this most difficult time. May th God of comfort bring deep peace to each of you. (Isaiah 65 1,2)
T S
August 30, 2016
"Rejoice in the hope " Roman 12:12
August 30, 2016
My condolences to the family. I know the greif right now is heavy may find encouragement from God. (Jeremiah 29:11)
August 29, 2016
My sincere condolences to Karen's family. May God grant you peace in the days ahead.
August 28, 2016
Dear family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Like 1:78
August 27, 2016
To the Brown Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
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