Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Tribute to Blair Brown (1941-2016)

Above: Carol Brown addresses the gathered remembering her husband, Blair Brown (1941-2016)
On Saturday afternoon,  March 12, over 500 neighbors, friends, relatives, classmates, and business associates gathered in Boston at Franklin Institute of Technology  to remember  Blair Brown (1941-2016).

Remembrances were provided by Patrick O'Reilly (Eliot Church friend), Anne Bailey Berman (Benjamin Franklin Institute friend, Blair's successor as Board Chair), Lionel Spiro (Friend from Fall River and Harvard days, co-founder and partner at Charrette), Amanda Blair Brown (Carol & Blair's daughter), John Deknatel  (Design School friend and boating companion), Paul Pender (Early Charrette employee, mentee and lifelong friend), Susan Brecht (Pastor of Eliot Church), Charley Norris (Harvard Graduate School of Design classmate), Samuel J. Brown (Carol & Blair's son), Don Leka (Newton Corner friend), and Carol Brown (Blair's wife). Opening music was provided by a string quartet, one of Blair's favorite hymns was sung by all (Eternal Father, Strong to Save), beloved by Blair because of its sea imagery, and closing music was provided by a piano/flute/string bass trio.  The remembrance ceremony was followed by a reception at the Institute.

[It was noted that because Blair was committed to the mission of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and had helped to build the school to the strong institution it is today, the gathering in memory of Blair was held at said Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.]

Blair, we miss you.  May you rest in peace.


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