Robert J. Brown
March 7, 2015
Robert J. Brown, 95, of Wenham, Mass., died March 7, 2015, after a
brief illness. Brown was born in Beverly, Mass., and educated in
Beverly schools, at Worcester Academy and at Amherst College. As a
young man, he enjoyed a sword fishing adventure and fishing trip to
Labradour. These trips combined with his love of Beverly harbor
instilled in him a lifelong love of the sea.
He was employed at New England Telephone in 1940 and left the company
from 1941 to 1946 to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II,
attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He served in both the Atlantic and
Pacific theaters of wars. After the war, he returned to New England
Telephone, where he held many positions of increasing responsibility
in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and served at American Telephone
and Telegraph in New York City. His favorite assignment occurred
during the 1960 Presidential campaign when Mr. Brown was assigned to
the staff of Henry Cabot Lodge to coordinate communications facilities
for the Vice Presidential nominee’s staff and accompanying press. He
retired from New England Telephone in 1981.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Averille Marshall Brown of
Easton, Md.; his daughter, Janis Brown of Beverly; and his son,
Russell P. Brown of West Ossippee, N.H. Surviving him are his wife,
Polly Brown; his sons, Robert M. Brown and Charles B. Brown; his
grandson, Elliott Brown; and his great-grandson, Nathaniel Brown.
Funeral services will be private. A reception celebrating
his life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions
in his memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers,
MA 01923 or Sandy Bay Yacht Club, 5 T-Wharf, Rockport, MA 01966.
Information, directions, condolences at