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Rockwell Lanville (Chip) Brown III ’77

January 19, 2022, in Portland.

Chip was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. At Reed, he wrote his thesis, “Rings of Real-Valued Continuous Functions,” advised by Prof. Hubert Chrestenson [math 1957–90]. He went on to earn a master’s degree in computer science engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and worked for various technology companies, including Tektronix, TSSI, Credence, and, in Portland, Maine, National Semiconductor.

His kind and gentle nature was exhibited throughout his life and in his volunteer work, including at the Regency Park Memory Care unit and at Lift UP, a local food pantry. Chip enjoyed reading, chess, astronomy, swimming, and tennis, as well as cross-country skiing, camping, and hiking. He is survived by Ana Marquez Brown ’78, his wife of 40 years; his son, Mark; his mother, Julia Ann Butler; and his sisters, Terry, Barbara, and Kathy.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2022

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