RaeLinda Brown
1953 - 2017

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.
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First United Methodist Church
Redondo Beach, CA
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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
October 8, 2020
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
November 13, 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 7, 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.
September 3, 2017
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