The legendary Hatch Brown passed away peacefully yesterday morning with his
children Matt Brown, Annie Brown, and Emily Dunlap at his side. He was the
beloved husband of Claire Brown. Hatch was 86 years old and instrumental in
organizing sailing events through out his lifetime.
Hatch taught at least 30,000 people how to sail in his tenure as the third
Sailing Master and Varsity Coach at MIT for 29 years. Upon his retirement he
continued to teach youth sailing in his hometown of Winthrop at the Cottage
Park YC as well as run frostbite racing from November through April. He
started sailing at Sandy Bay in Rockport and grew up teaching sailing at
Community Boating on the Charles River. His natural talent shined brightly
as he competed for Boston University and won A Division at the national
dinghy championships. Always a competitive racer, Hatch won the North
American Championships in the Firefly, Etchells, and Thistle classes.
Volunteerism was unwavering as Hatch served as the President of New England
College Sailing, Mass Bay Sailing and Marblehead Frostbite. He judged and
served on various race committees for countless local events as well as
world championships and Olympic Trials. His dedication was matched by his
kind-hearted teaching abilities and endless patience.
His warm smile and infinite wisdom will be missed by all who were fortunate
enough to know him.
A celebration of his life will take place at the MIT Sailing Pavilion on
April 13 from 9am until noon.
BROWN, Harold "Hatch" Jr. Of Winthrop, passed away peacefully on April
11, 2018 surrounded by his loving children. He was 86 years old. Hatch
was a devoted husband, father and world class sailor, coach and mentor
to tens of thousands of beginning and elite sailors throughout his
long, distinguished career. Hatch was born at his grandparent's home
in Rockport, MA. After graduating from West Medford High School, he
served in the Korean War, as a land surveyor based in Germany. He took advantage
of the GI Bill and attended Boston University, graduating in 1959.
While at BU, Hatch was a champion sailor winning A Division at College
Nationals and continued to compete competitively after college winning
North American Championships in Etchells, Fireflies, and Thistle
classes. He also shared his love and knowledge of the sport working at
Community Boating on the Charles River where he met his wife, Claire.
Hatch was a manager at Sylvania for six years prior to being asked to
join MIT Athletics as Head Varsity Sailing Coach in 1967. He took over
as the third Sailing Master in 1975 and for the next twenty years
devoted his life to the advancement of college sailing until his
retirement in 1995. Many sailing regattas and service awards now bare
his name. He was the 1978 Coach of the Woman's US Sailing
Championships in Holland, Judge in the 1988 Olympic Trials, Inductee
into BU Athletics Hall of Fame and the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of
Fame, Director of NE Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) for
over 14 years, Commodore and Champion at Community Boating, and
Marblehead Frostbite Sailing Club, and President of Mass Bay Sailing
In retirement Hatch remained very active at his local
Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop serving on the race committee and
acting as mentor to sailors in the youth sailing program and frostbite
racing series. He enjoyed racing his model boat in the CR914 class at CPYC and in Marblehead. In addition to his passion for sailing, Hatch
was an avid reader, fly fisherman, animal lover and animal advocate.
Hatch's dedication to the sport he loved was matched by his
kind-hearted teaching abilities and endless patience. His warm smile
and infinite wisdom will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to
He was the beloved husband of the late Claire W. (Wallace)
Brown. Devoted father of Matthew G. Brown of Winthrop, Anne L. Brown
of Cambridge and Emily B. Dunlap and her husband Wayne of Austin, TX.
Loving grandfather of Carolyn, Justin, Lisa and Ian Dunlap. Dear
brother of the late Katherine Lorraine Lombard and Cynthia R. Psaltis.
A Memorial Service will be held at the MIT Sailing Pavilion,
134 Memorial Dr. Cambridge, MA on Sunday, May 13, from 9am-12pm.
Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in
his memory can be made to a local animal shelter of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210
Winthrop St., WINTHROP. For guestbook, please visit:
www.mauricekirbyfh.com. Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home Winthrop
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 15, 2018
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