Mary Kathleen Brown

Oct 03, 2017

Rockport/Camden — Mary Kathleen Brown passed on Sept. 28, 2017, at Quarry Hill in Camden, near her residence in Rockport. She lived in New York City for 42 years and loved opera and antiquities. She summered in Rockport before moving there permanently. With curt direction and ample wit she grew gardens round her 19th century house and filled them with stopping places for birds among the flowers.

Mary Kate was a smart, strong woman who earned a Ph.D. from Harvard at a time when many women were pushed toward lives of domesticity. Dr. Brown developed facility in eight languages, four ancient and four modern. She served as the executive director of Archaeological Institute of America, then took up roles in education, first at Harlem’s PS 194 during the crack epidemic of the 1980s then for 18 years at the Dalton School on the Upper East Side. At Dalton, she continued her passion for Biblical history and classics, inventing revolutionary archaeological simulation software for use in the classroom.

She was a cancer survivor, a wife of 51 years, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt, a teacher, a leader, a daughter, and an inspiration to many.

She is survived by her husband, Ruben S. Brown; son Ruben E. Brown; sister, Emaline Karam; two grandsons William and Henry; seven nieces and nephews and many of their offspring.

Her wit and counsel will be sorely missed.

Condolences may be shared with the family at  Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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