Rae Linda Brown
1953 - 2017
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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.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Sep. 3, 2017.
Memorial service
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First United Methodist Church
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October 8, 2020
Ms Brown came to the University of Arkansas libraries to work in the archives of Florence Price. I did not know her but was impressed with her dedication and focus. We in the library who had arranged and described the Price papers for research use were so happy that such a fine scholar made good use of the collection that helped to bring recognition to one of Arkansas's outstanding women. Her work is a fine memorial. I have just now learned of her death while reading a reference to her work in a recent issue of The New Yorker about African-Americans and classical music.
Ethel Simpson
November 13, 2017
Was thinking of my very special old friend from Morningside St and am so saddened to find this obit. My condolences to Rae'so family. Laura Bing Bardoni
Laura Bardoni
September 7, 2017
To the Brown Family,
I send my sincere sympathy to you. RaeLinda was a very dear friend during our elementary school (Mark Twin School) and high school (Mount St. Joseph Academy) days. We shared a love for music back then playing piano and glee club. She will always have a special place in my heart. May her love of music be carried on by her students. God Bless.
Claudette Thompson Talmadge
Claudette Talmadge
September 3, 2017
Rae Linda was such a class act and a role model who carried herself with dignity and inspired others. Her rapid passing leaves me with whip lash and a hole in my heart. I was so looking forward to having dinner together this summer. I will miss our friendship.
Carol Gilbert
September 3, 2017
My heartfelt sympathies go out to your family during this difficult time. I hope that the promise at 1 Thessalonians 4:14 brings you comfort. Knowing that there is a hope for the ones we have lost in death, can be so reassuring.
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