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Marley R. Brown ’47

Marley Roberts Brown Jr. ’47, April 27, 2004, in Portland. Beginning in 1935, Marley studied mining engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, architecture at the University of Washington, and applied mathematics and physics at Reed. He also worked as a mining engineer in New Mexico, and an engineer in the construction of the ALCAN Highway. During World War II, he left his studies at Reed to serve as a U.S. Army unit commander in combat engineers in Italy, remaining with the military government there until 1946. In Italy he met and married Ruth Lyon, a representative with the American Red Cross in Sicily. Marley returned to Reed after the war and completed a bachelor's degree in physics. He then went to work in the lumber business (Brown’s Lumber Service) established by his father, and took over its management when his father retired. He and his wife were supporters of local art, and enjoyed their membership at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Marley was a man of character, who was dedicated to his family and friends, and who possessed a dry wit. He was also an accomplished pianist. Survivors include his two sons and one daughter, six grandchildren, and a sister. His wife died in 2000.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2004

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