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James A. "Jim" Brown, Environmentalist

James Allan ("Jim") Brown, 85, of Lafayette, passed away on April 15, 2013. He was born in Lafayette to Robert H. and Florence T. Brown.

A graduate of Lafayette Jeff, Jim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from Purdue University. From 1951 to 1958, he taught RADAR for the U.S. Army Signal Corp at Ft. Monmouth , NJ, initially as an enlisted man and later as a civilian. He also worked for a consulting engineering firm on swimming pool and treatment plant projects. Jim retired from the United States Postal Service after 30 years of employment.

Jim was a good steward of the land, and was active in and passionate about conservation and environmental causes. He served as president of the Lafayette Environmental Action Federation. He also belonged to the Izaak Walton League, serving on the national bylaws committee, and the Sierra Club. He was one of the founders of the Wildcat Creek Park in Tippecanoe County.

Jim loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and hiking, walking the trails in almost all of the Indiana state parks. He also enjoyed historic preservation, Shakespeare, and jazz, classical and roots music.

In 1952, he married Nancy Monroe, who preceded him in death in 2010. He is survived by two sons, Michael of West Lafayette and Mark (wife, Sherri Pugh) of Old Bridge, NJ, and a sister, Joan Brown of Decatur, IL.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette. You may share memories in his guestbook at In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Jim's memory to the Izaak Walton League.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2013
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