L. Brown Sr., 91, passed away 6 a.m. May 9 at Samaritan
Medical Center, Watertown.
He was born June 19, 1920 in Newton Massachusetts, son of
Rena L. Brown of Watertown and Walter C. Brown of Wellesley,
Mass., he graduated from Loomis in Windsor, Conn., in 1938.
He attended Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. until
November 1941 at which time he enlisted in the Marine Corp.
He was a Japanese interpreter and sniper in campaigns at
Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan-Tinian and received a Purple
Heart and Battle field commission to second lieutenant
Seldon married Australian born, Barbara J. Donaldson, now
deceased, of the Royal New Zealand Air Force in Auckland New
Zealand in 1943.
He was discharged in November 1945.
Seldon graduated Phi Beta
Kappa from the University of Colorado in 1947. He was a
language major in French, Japanese, Spanish, Russian and
German. He retired from Corn Products Company, Division of
Unilever-Best Foods, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, in 1977,
after various international and domestic assignments. He
joined Drake, Beam, Morin in Stamford, Conn., as vice
president, retiring again in 1985.
He settled in Cape Vincent and was active in SPRBSQSA, civic
affairs and was a Warden of St. Johnís Episcopal Church.
Surviving are a brother, Walter Creighton Brown, Tryon S.C.;
two sons, Seldon Jr. and his wife Mary Jane, Cape Vincent,
and Michael A. Brown and his wife, Doris, San Antonio,
Texas; a daughter, Christina Pratley and her husband,
Robert, Guilford, Maine; five grandchildren, Rev. Kimberly
Cabrera and Bethany Schreck, Louisville, Ky., Gregory
Pratley and Morgan Pratley, Guilford, Maine, and Creighton
Brown and Morgan Brown, San Antonio, Texas; five
great-grandchildren, Brennen, Braeden, Hanna, Dillon and
Marissa, all of Louisville, Ky.
A sister, Lenora Wilson, Hendersonville, North Carolina,
died before him.
A memorial service will be
held 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Saint Johnís Episcopal
Church, followed by an internment at Riverside Cemetery and
reception at Aubreyís Inn. All are located in Cape
The family requests that any
donations be made to the Cape Vincent Fire Department, Cape
Vincent, N.Y. 13618.
Arrangements are with Cleveland Funeral Home, Cape Vincent.
Information provided by Cleveland
Funeral Home, Inc. and Newzjunky.com, Watertown