Charlotte Brown
1920 - 2021
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Charlotte Rush Brown MD
Four months shy of her 101st birthday, Charlotte Rush Brown MD died peacefully at home in Providence, RI on February 4, 2021. Charlotte was born June 11, 1920 in Pittsburgh, PA to Ralph and Kit Rush. Notably in her childhood she and her sister spent a year as students in a French convent while their father convalesced in England with their mother. In 1938 Charlotte drove west to Stanford University in her father's new Packard convertible car with a friend, unchaperoned. She graduated from Stanford in 1942 and then Cornell University Medical School in 1945 where she was one of only two women in her class. While at Cornell, Charlotte met and married David Brown MD, her loving husband of 74 years. Shortly after finishing residencies they moved to New Canaan where they lived for the next 64 years until their move to Providence.
While raising four children Charlotte ran a lively pediatric practice from an office in her home, served as Director of Health for New Canaan and Wilton, and taught Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital on the faculty of New York University Medical College. She and David, frequently with their children, volunteered their medical services in Haiti, and numerous countries in Africa, and the Mideast. Charlotte was a contributing and often founding member of many community organizations. Her influence is still recognized throughout Fairfield County in substance abuse prevention, housing for the elderly, fluoridation, HIV/AIDS, school health, and much more. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan and served on Mission Boards for the National Presbyterian Church.
Charlotte saw the best in everyone and opened her heart to people wherever she was. She never hesitated to speak up for the powerless and less fortunate and she held fiercely to a vision for a more peaceful and just world. Charlotte was always game for the next adventure. She loved to speak French, travel the world, figure skate, kayak, bicycle, sail, sculpt, host wonderful parties, and tell stories. Remembered for her boldness, generosity, compassion, quick wit, candor, fun, and boundless energy Charlotte will be deeply missed by her friends and family.
Charlotte is survived by her daughters Katherine Brown of Providence, RI and Anne Brown of Danielson, CT, her son Rush Brown and daughter-in-law Allison Brown of Portland, ME, and grandchildren Sydney, Sarah and Tim and great-grandchildren Ben and Maya of Glasgow Scotland.
A celebration of Charlotte's life will be held later this year at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan. Donations may be sent to American Near East Refugee Aid ANERA ( or 1111 14th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005) and the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan ( or 178 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840).

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Published in New Canaan Advertiser on Feb. 8, 2021.
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February 28, 2021
Dr. Brown was my pediatrician more years ago than I care to enumerate. But it was several decades into my adulthood that I came to appreciate what a truly special person she was. It wasn’t simply that twinkle in her eyes that suggested something mischievous, nor was it her subtle, mordant sense of humor. Endearing as those traits were, what I valued most about her was that she was a genuinely caring person. Unlike many doctors I’ve known, she was a good listener, and in every sort of conversation thought to ask probing questions. Moreover, long after she and husband David retired, the Drs. Brown continued to make house calls, visiting even the most casual of friends while the latter were ill, including when they were hospitalized. Not so much to prescribe remedies, although both were always ready to voice an opinion. No, such visits were more about comforting the ill, and a reflection of their deep commitment to friendship and their spirit of community. Doctors that live this brand of humanism have, alas, gone the way of dear Charlotte.
Chris Brooks
February 16, 2021
to have known Charlotte for many years. We were members of a group called the UN and World Affairs study group, and also commuted up to Yale to audit a course on world population and the environment. She and David were both incredible people. He was my doctor when I first moved to NC, and we, too, were members of a discussion group on national and community affairs. They never lost their interest in the world, and watched the BBC News every night. I visited Charlotte in the beautiful life care community where she lived in Providence, and, although her ability to get about and her hearing were going, she was as bright, curious and opinionated as ever, and missed New Canaan and all her many friends here. I will always remember her.
Toddy Turrentine
February 10, 2021
Family friends children we're peers. Wonderful humanitarian couple with many fond memories while still in NC. Parents & maternal grandmother's doctors.
Marcy D H McKee
February 10, 2021
Although saddened by Charlotte's passing, she had a beautiful life, wonderful outlook and always an open mind. She was a dear and loyal friend, and I am the better for having known her. My heart will always hold a special place for all the Browns. Much love,
Ann Callahan
February 9, 2021
Charlotte and David, Carole and Andrew Clarkson, Kip and Mike Farrell, what fun we all had traveling together. Always laughing at each others jokes, even laughing when we got lost and coudn't find where we were on our maps, just such an enjoyable friend. Wish I coud give her a hug NOW!
Kip Farrell
February 9, 2021
My fondest memories are traveling with Charlotte and David, Carole and
Andrew Clarkson, and later with Anne and Jack Webb. Charlotte was such I will never forget traveling with Charlotte and David,fun, easy to enjoy, always willing to reminisce, laugh after a joke and share her life. I wish I could give her a HUG right now. I wish I couod have done it
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