Seldon L. Brown Sr.

May 14, 2012 

CAPE VINCENT, N.Y.  ó  Seldon 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 Vincent.

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.



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