CLIFFORD W. BROWN (1912-1988) DIES IN AUTO ACCIDENT
A tragic auto accident on 1-70 near Frederick, Maryland claimed the lives of Clifford Brown and his wife on Monday, 14 November 1988. Tne driver of a pickup truck apparently became ill, lost control, crossed the median, and crashed head-on into the Brown vehicle. Both vehicles then rolled down a steep embankment.
Brown had been a leader in West Virginia music education since joining the faculty at West Virginia University in 1945. He was instrumental in re-organizing the WVMEA into its present structure, and from 1952-1955 he served as the first president of the new WVMA. Cliff also provided much of the leadership that led to the founding of NOTES A TEMPO with Walter Coplin as the first editor.
He served as chair of music education at WVU until he became assistant dean of the College of Creative Arts in 1966, a position he held until his retirement in 1974. At the time of his death he was serving, the WVMEA as historian. Cliff was responsible for seeing that the official WVMEA archives were organized in the West Virginia Collection of the WVU library.
His wife, Carolyn Henderson Brown, taught for many years in schools in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and in Monongalia County. She, too, was very active as an educator and was well known throughout the state.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, 18 November in the First Presbyterian Church of Morgantown. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Susan Hardesty of Ripley, WV and Mn. Nancy Grayson of Spring, TX. and three grandchildren.
The WVMEA and West Virginia music education owe a great debt to Cliff Brown and his work. He and his wife will be missed.