Rae Linda Brown, daughter of the late Raymond and Doris (Williams) Brown, passed away peacefully on Sunday August 20, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. She was born on October 7, 1953 in Hartford, Connecticut. She was a resident of: Hartford, Windsor and New Haven Connecticut, and Los Angeles, California. Rae Linda was an internationally known scholar and professional in her field. Her academic accomplishments include graduating from Yale University with a doctorate in musicology. Dr. Brown was an administrator, musician, musicologist and eminent historian. She began a new position as Provost of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA in August 2016. Rae Linda was a gentle soul, a very caring and a humble individual who never talked about her many accomplishments. If you have ever been fortunate enough to have a conversation with her, she only wanted to discuss how well you were doing. Family was of the greatest importance to her which showed at every family gathering. Her last request was to have her closest family members gather for a meal with her present, a request her family feels blessed to have honored. Everyone who knew Rae Linda knows that she would have accomplished so much more if cancer had not ended her life prematurely. She leaves to mourn her son William Coley, Los Angeles, CA; sister Helaine Teale (Charles) of Hartford, CT; sister Carlene Brown (Elvis Campbell) of Seattle, WA; and brother Gerald Brown (Jodi) of San Angelo, Texas. She also leaves her nephews Jason Daniels (Priscilla), Collin and Ethan Brown, and nieces Ileah Daniels, Ryanna and Nyah Campbell. She also leaves to mourn her passing a very large extended family and many friends and colleagues. A memorial service 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.
Published by Hartford Courant on Sep. 3, 2017.