NONA B. BROWN
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NONA BALDWIN BROWN
Died July 25, 2014 at the age of 96 at her home in Washington, DC. She was born May 11, 1918 to Helen Smitheman Baldwin and Allen Thomas Baldwin in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Mrs. Brown was a pioneer among women professionals in journalism. She graduated from Vassar College in 1939, later receiving a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. In May 1940, she was hired by the New York Times, where she was one of the first women reporters given a byline. Mrs. Brown took a leave of absence from the Times when her services were requested by the U.S. Navy during World War II. She served in uniform for two years as a lieutenant (j.g.) handling public relations and communications. In 1941 she met and married Clinton Bleecker Duma Brown of New York City, a lieutenant commander in the Navy. At the end of the war, she returned to work at the Times and moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband, where she continued to write for the Washington bureau of the Times until she retired after 35 years. In 2012, she published a memoir, Through the Opening Door: My Pioneering Journey in Mainstream Journalism, recounting her experiences as a reporter. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Baldwin Montbach; her brother, Thomas Baldwin; and her husband, Clinton Bleecker Duma Brown. She is survived by 11 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews, and a multitude of great-grand-nieces and nephews.A memorial celebration of Mrs. Brown's life will be held Sunday, August 10, at 2 p.m. at her last place of residence, Grand Oaks, 5901 MacArthur Boulevard, Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Mrs. Brown's memory may be made to Vassar College, Box 725, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0725, or to a local Humane Society.


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Published in The Washington Post from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, 2014.