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Dr. Norman A. Brown Dr. Norman A. Brown, went home to be with his Lord on September 25, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was born October 18, 1938 in the home of his parents, Vivian (Allen) and Wilfred Brown. He married Bernice Treadway in 1960 and they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Judi, and a brother, Tom. He is survived by three children: Barry (Aina) Brown of Johnston, Iowa; Rebecca (Matthew) Fleury of Richland; and Douglas (Marlene) Brown of Littleton, Colorado. He is also survived by his sister, Bonnie Hedrick of Clinton, TN and a brother Richard (Chris) Brown of Boyne City, MI. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren; Jon Jr, Nick, Natalie, Elizabeth, Autumn, Erica, Ryan, Daniel, Jamie, Alex, and Rachel and several nieces and nephews. Dr. Brown attended elementary school in one-room schools. He graduated from Bedford High School in Temperance, MI as salutatorian. He served as Michigan President and National Secretary of the Future Farmers of America as a college sophomore. He received his B.S., M.A., and PhD. (with high honors) from Michigan State University. He was chosen for Alpha Zeta, Green Helmet, and Phi Kappa Phi honors. He was a graduate of the Honors College at M.S.U. and an honorary recipient of the Dr. of Laws Degree at the University of Natal in South Africa. He was one of the original founders of EARTH University in Costa Rica. He served in Southeast Asia as a Rural Youth Specialist for the U.S. Department of State in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Guam. He taught vocational agriculture and speech at Bath High School, Bath, MI. He served as an Extension 4-H Youth Agent in Washtenaw County, MI. He then joined the faculty at Michigan State University as Coordinator of Student Programs and Assistant Director of Instruction in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He served seven years as State Director of Michigan 4-H, followed by Dean and Director of the Minnesota Extension Service. He retired as President Emeritus of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, MI. He was named by President George H. Bush to the Commission to plan the Points of Light Foundation and later served as its President. After retiring, he served as an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University and Western Michigan University and visiting professor at Hope College, Alma College, Central Iowa University, and Davis Elkins College. He served on the boards of several Foundations including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Michigan 4-H Foundation, Americana Foundation, Eureka Foundation and First of America Bank. In Battle Creek he served on the Board of the Kellogg Company, Washington Heights Community Ministries, Red Cross, and as Co-Chairman of the United Way Campaign. He was on the Board of Deacons at Okemos Baptist Church and Richland Bible Church. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 29th at Gracespring Bible Church, Richland, MI at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Larry Kiser officiating. A private family burial will be held in Lansing, MI. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Michigan 4-H Foundation, EARTH University Foundation, or Gracespring

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Sept. 30, 2012
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