Photo Marshall Loren Brown, "Brownie" & Photo Of Brownie and His 1942 Farmington High School Classmates


Photo Marshall Loren Brown, "Brownie" & Photo Of Brownie and His 1942 Farmington High School Classmates


From the Puddledock Press article April 2017:

By Susan Loker -
There was a funeral on March 10, 2017, at the First Congregational Church for a gentleman named Marshall Brown, who died in Indiana at the age of 93. He will be buried in Pine Grove Cemetery. “Brownie” had been born and raised in Farmington; he graduated from Farmington High in 1942, where he played baseball and basketball and, apparently, ice hockey. He joined the US Army Air Corps upon graduation, served valiantly, and returned to Farmington to marry Winifred Norma Morrison in our First Congregational Church. He graduated with honors from UNH in 1949 and earned his master’s degree from Harvard in 1951. He then began a long and distinguished teaching career in Indiana, at both the high school and college levels. His love of hockey, which he attributed to playing on Mill Pond as a boy in winter in Farmington, led him to support and coach state championship teams in Indiana. He was an author, outdoor enthusiasts, accomplished artist and all-around great guy, much loved and admired by family and friends. A good many of those family and friends travelled to Farmington for the first time today from far-away places, such as France, South Carolina and Indiana, to attend Brownie’s funeral. They shared a wonderful celebration of a life well-lived, and were warmly welcomed and abundantly nourished. They all came in as strangers and left with a strong sense of belonging. Perhaps some will not find this a newsworthy event but, to me, when someone like Mr. Brown choses to come home to Farmington for his final rest, it is a powerful affirmation of the value and values of our little town.

Marshall Loren Brown
February 8, 1924 - March 3, 2017
FARMINGTON, N.H. - Marshall Loren Brown, "Brownie," was born on February 8, 1924 to Ira S. and Mildred (Knox) Brown of Farmington NH.

He was a 1942 graduate of Farmington High School, where he played baseball and basketball and dreamed of becoming a pilot.

He joined the US Army Air Corps in October 1942 and served as navigator/bombardier in B-25 Mitchell medium bombers for the 490th Bomb Squadron operating in the China-Burma-India Theater, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Later in life he was proud to have obtained his private pilot's license.
He married Winifred Norma Morrison of Farmington NH on June 2, 1946 and they were the parents of Marshall L. Brown Jr of Ferney-Voltaire, France; Richard A. Brown of Carmel, IN, and Catherine Brown Abrams of Charleston, SC.
Brownie received his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 1949, where he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honorary society, and a master's degree in English from Harvard University in 1951. 
He began his career as an English teacher in 1955 at Culver Military Academy (CMA) in Culver IN, and, after retiring from CMA in 1988, spent several years teaching at Ancilla College in Donaldson IN.  Brownie resided in Culver for over 40 years.

He was the author of several books on English grammar and was selected to grade English Advanced Placement exams for the College Entrance Examination Board for a number of years. He was particularly happy to have been among the early supporters of high school hockey at CMA.  He served as assistant varsity hockey coach to teams that traveled to international tournaments and to Indiana State championships, including the first three state championships for CMA.

 In addition to his three children, he was blessed to have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  After the death of Winifred, he was married to Emily Sayles of Clyde, Ohio for 25 years.

Brownie remained active throughout his life through camping and mountain hikes with his family, ice skating, skiing, running, golfing, and biking.  

Brownie was an active member of the Wesley Methodist Church in Culver for many years, on the Culver United Fund Board of Directors, and Committee Chairman of the Culver Boy Scout Troop 290. 

He passed peacefully on March 3, 2017 in Noblesville IN.
Service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Farmington - where he and wife Winifred were married - on Friday, March 10 at 11 a.m. 

Spring burial will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Farmington.

Published in The Pilot News on Mar. 10, 2017

These are a digital file and do not reside in the physical museum collection.



Puddledock Press( article April 2017), Susan Loker


Published in The Pilot News on Mar. 10, 2017




Susan Loker and Stan Freeda




Puddledock Press( article April 2017), Susan Loker, “Photo Marshall Loren Brown, "Brownie" & Photo Of Brownie and His 1942 Farmington High School Classmates,” Farmington Historical Society-Museum of Farmington History, accessed May 21, 2024,