More detail on this person: Barry Martin Brown passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at the age
of 67. He was born Aug. 29, 1941, in Toledo, Ohio, to Beloit Easton Brown and Frances Hastin Brown.
He graduated from Owensboro High School in 1959, and Western Kentucky University in 1965 with a
double major of math and science as well as a minor in physics. While in the U.S. Army he earned a
master of science in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1971. He
honorably served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Among many military honors, Barry was awarded the
Silver Star and two Bronze Service Stars in 1968 for gallantry in action. Barry was most proud to
have successfully completed training as a U.S. Army Ranger and to have earned the Distinguished
Flying Cross for heroism for his valiant actions at war as a helicopter pilot. After he concluded
his distinguished military service, Barry's career as a financial planner was at USPA-IRA (First
Command) helping many military personnel provide savings and life insurance for their families. He
retired as a regional vice president in 1989. Barry's passions in his retirement were art and
sailing. He obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree with highest honors from Texas A&M University
Corpus Christi in 1996. He loved to "play in the clay" as he often said, and was a ceramics
instructor at the Art Center of Corpus Christi where he was serving as president of the Clay Studio
Group. He devoted his time and energy to many volunteer activities at the Art Center and was
instrumental in the recent expansion of the clay studio at that facility. Sailing was a joyful
obsession for Barry. He competitively raced his J105 sailboat "Blue Max" and indicated he would sail
"whenever the starting flag goes up on Corpus Christi Bay." He enjoyed sailing with his crew on
"Blue Max" in Corpus Christi as well as class-racing in Key West, San Francisco, Chicago and
Houston. He was serving as the Vice-Commodore of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club. Barry shared his
gifts of tenacity, strength, competitiveness, sensitivity and compassion with all of us. Each of us
haslearned many lessons from the examples he set for us in his life.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Lien Brown; two daughters, Beth Haerer (Don) of Dallas and Anne Brown of Sacramento, Calif.; his stepmother, Mary Ruth Brown of Owensboro; three grandchildren, Catherine Cotton of Dallas andMargaret and Michael Andrew Wilson of Sacramento;his sister, Beverly Brown King (Frank) of Henderson; and two brothers, Randolph Brown and Daniel Brown,both of California. He is also survived by a stepdaughter, Catherine Morse (John) of Houston, Texas, and stepson Joseph Coniglio (Eva) of Dallas andeight stepgrandchildren. He dearly loved his family and especially cherished time with all of his wonderful grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Seaside Funeral Home Chapel, Corpus Christi. Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to The Clay Studio at The Art Center of Corpus Christi, 100 Shoreline Drive Corpus Christi, TX 78401 or the charity of your choice.
From: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (KY) - Saturday, December 6, 2008
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