Born in Jamaica on Long Island, N.Y., he attended the St. Paul's School in Garden City and earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Mr. Brown served in the Army during World War II and left military service as a lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps.
He then began his career with the Veterans Administration. He became manager of the Baltimore regional office. He later worked in Washington, where he became director of data management.
Family members said that he and his staff provided the computer technology for the agency's benefit and medical programs. He retired in 1975 after earning a graduate degree from the George Washington University.
His wife of nearly 65 years, the former Margaret Ries, died in 2001.
Mr. Brown and his wife were members of the Baltimore Bicycling Club and the Monocacy Canoe Club and other nature and wildlife organizations. They belonged to the National Organization for Women and the League of Women Voters. The couple enjoyed riding their tandem bicycle on the Northern Central Trail in northern Baltimore County.
The couple lived for many years in the Kernewood section of North Baltimore.
No services are planned. Mr. Brown donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.
Survivors include two daughters, Jean B. Schultz of Ellicott City and Elizabeth P. Brown of Cockeysville; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.