William R. Brown, brokerage vice president

William R. “Bill” Brown, a retired Merrill Lynch executive who had been an officer in the Maryland National Guard, died Nov. 9 of Parkinson’s disease at the Maples of Towson, an assisted-living facility.

The Towson resident was 83.

The son of John F. Brown, an Emerson Radio technician, and Anita Crystal Brown, a homemaker, William Ralph Brown was born in New York City and spent his early years in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He later moved to Baltimore with his family and graduated in 1952 from Kenwood High School, where he was an outstanding student-athlete and later was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

Mr. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in 1956 from what is now Loyola University Maryland, where he was captain of of the basketball team his senior year under well-known coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.

From 1958 to 1960, Mr. Brown worked in management for the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey; he left to become a pharmaceutical sales representative for Mead Johnson.

The longtime Towson resident joined Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith in 1968 in retail and institutional sales, and rose to become vice president of the Baltimore brokerage. He retired in 1990.

A member of the Maryland National Guard for many years, Mr. Brown had attained the rank of brigadier general by the time he retired from the Guard in 1990.

For 20 years, he was a college basketball official and a member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.

Mr. Brown was a fan of Loyola University Maryland basketball, the Orioles and the Ravens.

His wife of 59 years, the former Jean Glodek, died earlier this year.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon.

Mr. Brown is survived by three daughters, Karen Hranicka of Stevensville, Debbie Gibbons of Doylestown, Pa., and Kim Eline of Towson; a brother, John Brown of Glen Burnie; and seven grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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