Dr. Harold C. Brown, Jr., Ph.D.
Harold C. Brown, Jr., passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on May 5, 2010, he was 84 years old. Born in Topeka, Kansas, he was the first son of the four children born to Harold and Esther Brown. The family moved to St. Paul Minnesota where Dr. Brown attended elementary and secondary schools. Following his graduation from highschool he, along with three friends enlisted in the United States Air Force. His friends were sent to Idaho while Harold was told he had to wait for the next opening at Tuskegee. At that time, all the armed forces of the us military were racially segregated. Instead of waiting, Harold joined the US Maritime Service, he was sent to Sheepshead Bay in New York State, there he completed basic training and shipped out as an able bodied seaman. After military service Harold returned to St. Paul Minn where he met and married Mary L. (nee Brown) Brown, his wife of 62 years. He moved his family to Los Angeles in the early 1950’s. Dr. Brown received his higher education, first at Los Angeles City College then on to Los Angeles State College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He completed his Master’s Degree with a credential in Supervision and Administration, and began his teaching career with the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District).
In the summer of 1962 Dr. Brown participated in a Language Development Program in Spanish at the University of Minnesota. In June of 1963, the family spent the summer in Jalisco, Mexico where Dr. Brown participated in the Spanish Language Program at the Universidad de Guadalajara while living in the sleeply little township of Chapalla.
In 1964 Dr. Brown accepted a Fulbright grant in the Teacher Exchange Program through LAUSD. He taught science and math at Dixon Grove School in Westin, Ontario Canada which is part of the Etobekekoe School District for a year.
In 1969 Dr. Brown accepted a grant to attend Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California where he received his Ph.D. in Education while teaching at California State University, Los Angeles. He continued on the faculty at CSULA until his retirement in 1992 as a full Professor. In 1993 Dr. Brown returned to LAUSD and accepted a full-time teaching position at Bret Harte Middle School. He retired from Bret Harte in 2001. He often said that Bret Harte was the “creme” of his teaching career. There, he was able to practice what he had taught at the University.
Dr. Brown was an avid golfer. He was a member in good standing with the Cosmopolitan Golf Club. He enjoyed playing at Chester Washington Golf Course here in Los Angeles, as well as courses in Las Vegas and Palm Springs.
Dr. Brown is survived by his loving wife Mary, his daughter Merie Burns and his son, Harold C. Brown, III; grand-daugher Carmen Toby-Merie Roberts (Michael) and great-grand sons Cyrus Michael Roberts and Mekhi Douglas Roberts, as well as his grand-niece Wa-Cheri Villahermosa and husband Reggie and their two sons Remmie and Ryder, and many nieces and nephews in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters and his brother. A celebration of Dr. Brown’s life is planned for June 5, 2010.