Allan Thomas Brown
1955 - 2021
BORN
1955
DIED
2021
UPCOMING SERVICE
Celebration of Life
Dec, 12 2021
2:00p.m.
OCHS Theater
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Allan Thomas Brown
April 30, 1955 - Nov. 12, 2021
Allan Thomas "Herr" Brown died Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 of natural causes after battling cancer and health issues complicated by alcohol use disorder. His two children and sister were by his side when he passed.
Born in Detroit, Mich., Allan grew up in New Mexico and Arizona, before moving to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College. While in school, Allan studied abroad in Austria, and eventually moved to Munich, where he sang in the chorus for the Bavarian State Opera.
Upon returning to Oregon, Allan taught German for four decades at Oregon City High School, touching the lives of countless students and colleagues both in and out of the classroom. He coached girl's soccer, acted in school musicals and plays, advised Model United Nations, facilitated TAG seminars, and was a teachers' union rep and contract negotiator. Allan finally retired in 2020 due to his health, but continued to connect with students throughout his life.
Allan is survived by his daughter, Claire "Claire Bear"; son, Alex "Lex"; sister, Cindy; and two brothers, Norman and Roger.
Please join us to celebrate Allan's life at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at the OCHS Theater. Please wear casual attire and a mask. A scholarship fund is being created in Allan's name for the World Languages department at OCHS. Details to be provided at the celebration of life.
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
Published by The Oregonian from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2021.
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Barbara Gaston
School
November 24, 2021
Barbara Gaston
School
November 24, 2021
Allan had a smile for everyone. Allan and I did a tour of all the Austrian provinces during the two week travel period at the end of the study abroad program. He was a great traveling partner! We also sang together in the Lewis & Clark College choir. So sad to hear he's gone.
Barbara Gaston
School
November 24, 2021
I loved Allan´s zest for life and great humor. We swapped stories about living in Germany, though I managed to retain no Deutsch myself!
Leslie Butterfield (AKA Ms. B)
November 24, 2021
Good friend of mine, and made going to school every day more enjoyable as I shared an office and hallway with Allan for 17 years. Lots of laughs.
Jim Jordan
November 24, 2021
Herr Brown's shining light on this world will be missed. He was one of a kind. The best teacher that I ever had, which carried over to life after high school. He always made sure to reach out to me with encouraging words.
Becky (Kraemer) Van Hoosen
School
November 24, 2021
Allan always showed up-lending a hand whenever it was needed, without being asked and an omnipresent smile. He lifted the spirits of others with his sharp sense of humor. As an educator he modeled compassion, care and love for all. It was an honor to know and work with him over the years. Allan left an indelible mark and will be missed.
Larry Didway
Work
November 24, 2021
He was my favorite teacher. I studied German in college and became a high school German teacher because of Herr Brown. I accompanied three groups of students who toured Bavaria and Austria, as they were my favorite places in Europe, having learned all about the region when I was his student. I enjoyed many visits with him at OCHS in his classes over the past thirty years, where he would permit me to share my love of the German culture. He will be sorely missed.
Michael Wright
School
November 24, 2021
Unforgettable person! An amazing teacher!! So sorry for your loss.
Sophia (Koedoot)Fraley
School
November 24, 2021
Life is so short, and yet there are so many memories. I wish we had the opportunity to make more. I'm not sure I ever won a game of cribbage from you, Allan, and certainly not when the stakes were which of us got the bed in those budget hotels in Crete and which slept in his sleeping bag on the concrete floor. Rest in peace.
Ken Goe
Friend
November 23, 2021
What a wonderful teacher. Herr Brown led my first period class three straight years-to which I was constantly late. He'd just welcome me with "Besser spät als gar nicht" and all was good. What I learned in class was enough to keep me interested in the language and my family's history, eventually leading to reconnecting with distant family in Germany. Thanks, Herr Brown. Rest in Peace.
Val Ballestrem
November 22, 2021
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