|Just plain Al - Obituary|
| Allen Hoffman Brown, __, of Santa Fe, died
_______________, at _________ after _____________.
He was born March 2, 1931 in New London, Connecticut, to Lila Hoffman Brown and Beckwith Allen Brown.
He was raised on Staten Island, New York City, where he graduated first in his class from New Dorp High School in 1949. He received a Bachelor degree in mathematics from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, in 1953. While in school he obtained his Private Pilot’s license (#1195273) in 1951 and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.
He married Suzanne Hoffman, a music student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, July 31, 1953 before entering the Army. In the Army from 1953 to 1957, he graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Lawton, OK, in 1954 and then attended Guided Missile School at Fort Bliss, TX. After graduation as a Guided Missile Staff Officer he was assigned to the first NIKE guided missile battery on Long Island in 1955. As a 1st Lieutenant he then returned to Fort Bliss as a missile instructor in 1957.
After the Army, he worked for Sylvania Electronic Systems in Buffalo, NY, where he helped design the first transistorized secure high-frequency radio system for the Navy. He later worked for Calspan Corporation in Buffalo as an electronic warfare engineer and briefly with Sanders Associates. While in Buffalo he became a ham radio operator, WA2WOP. After 15 years in Buffalo he went to work as a civilian engineer for the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, where he spent the next 25 years. As a Chief Avionics Engineer he worked on developing the electronic systems for missiles and aircraft, including the F-117 Stealth Fighter, C-17, F-15, F-16 and Maverick programs. He attended the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1983-1984 and while there concurrently received a Master of Science degree from Troy State University. In retirement he maintained his active membership in the Scientific Research Society, Sigma Xi (#720010046).
He and his wife, Suzanne, retired to Newport, Oregon, in 1996. They enjoyed much travel together both overseas and throughout the United States and Canada. They spent their 50th wedding anniversary in Alaska in 2003. They were particularly fond of the Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) programs and went on 13 Elderhostels in the United States, Canada, Italy, and Costa Rica, including an intergenerational Elderhostel to the Grand Canyon with their granddaughter Ellie Powell. Travel other than Elderhostels included several trips to Hawaii and Alaska, a Caribbean cruise, Norway (cruise), Denmark, England, Scotland, Germany, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. After Suzanne (Sue, Suzie) died in Feb 2008 he moved to Santa Fe, NM, to be near his daughter Natalie and her family.
In Newport, Oregon, he was a volunteer with the PALS reading program at Sam Case Elementary School, was a driver for Meals-on-Wheels, was a counselor with SCORE (the national organization Senior Corps of Retired Executives), and was a volunteer with the Oregon State Police Parks Volunteer Program. He enjoyed doing computer work, publicity and photography for the local music organizations with which his wife was associated, including the Newport Symphony Orchestra (previously the BAY Music Association), Oregon Music Teachers Association, Central Coast Chorale, and Lincoln Youth Chorale. He made both music and photo CDs of many music teacher events. He also designed and maintained (for free) separate websites under his own domain www.xoweb.com for several non-profit music organizations and square dance groups. He and his wife began square dancing in Ohio in 1987 and in Newport became A1/A2 advanced dancers. There they were members of Toledo 49’rs Square Dance Club. For many years he published the monthly newsletter for the club and maintained their website. He held officer positions in the club and in the Lincoln-Tillamook Square Dance Council.
In Santa Fe, New Mexico, he enjoyed taking pictures of the many 4-H and music activities of his grandchildren. All members of his Santa Fe family were quarter horse enthusiasts and National and State competition award winners -- he eventually learned at least how to sit on a horse. He continued his interests in travel, computer work, photography, music recording, lapidary, and dancing. While in Santa Fe he traveled throughout the country and enjoyed a trip to Spain, with an associated Mediterranean cruise to Italy and Tunis. In addition to weekly square dancing with the "Depot Dancers" he attended local Contra dances. He also became an enthusiastic student of Argentine Tango where younger female tango dancers referred to him as their "tango toy". He enjoyed exploring his new State both by driving and hiking. He served as Watch Captain for the Neighborhood Watch Program in his Eldorado community. He published his first book, Constitution 20XX, in novel form in 2013 to promote his ideas for a new U.S. Constitution.
He survived surgeries for prostate cancer in 2000 and for bladder cancer in 1999 and 2000.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Natalie and Phil Baca of Santa Fe, NM, grandchildren Ellis Powell, Julia Baca and Lila Baca of Santa Fe, and a sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Richard Petosa of Grand Gorge, NY. He was preceded in death by a son Stephen in 1981 and by parents Beckwith and Lila Brown of Staten Island, NY. He will be interred (in some form) in the Newport, OR, Eureka cemetery next to his wife.
Memorial contributions may be made to "Suzanne Brown Student Aid Fund" of the Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association, P.O. Box 1515, Waldport, OR 97394 .