October 7, 1953 - August 20, 2017 Dr. Rae Linda Brown passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from a rare and aggressive cancer, leiomyosarcoma, in Seattle, WA. Rae Linda earned her B.S. in Music Education from the University of Connecticut, a M.A. in African American Studies, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Yale University. She held full-time faculty and administrative positions at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Irvine. From 2008 - 2016 Rae Linda served as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and held the faculty position of Professor of Music at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. In August, 2016 Rae Linda began a new position as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. Rae Linda Brown was a highly respected and influential scholar of American and African American music. Her work of edited scores of Florence B. Price (1887 - 1953), the first African American female composer to have had a symphonic composition performed by a major orchestra, and published editions of Price's music have been performed by numerous ensembles and artists in the United States and abroad. She leaves to mourn her son William Coley, Los Angeles, CA; sisters Helaine Teale (Charles) of Hartford, CT and Carlene J. Brown (Elvis Campbell) of Seattle, WA; and brother Gerald Brown (Jodi) of San Angelo, Texas. She also leaves her nephews Jason Daniels (Priscilla), Colin and Ethan Brown, and nieces Ileah Daniels, Ryanna and Nyah Campbell. Rae Linda also leaves to mourn a very large extended family as well as many friends and colleagues. A memorial service to celebrate Rae Linda's life is planned for Saturday, October 7th, 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach, California. In tribute to Rae Linda's legacy of care for students, especially those first in their family to attend college, Pacific Lutheran University has established the Dr. Rae Linda Brown Access Scholarship. Memorial gifts can be made online (plu.edu/give
), indicating the gift is made in memory of Rae Linda or memorial checks sent to: Pacific Lutheran University Office of Advancement, 12180 Park Avenue S, Tacoma, WA 98447.