Florence E. Brown, 87, special education teacher


Florence Edith Brown, a retired special education teacher and avid reader, died of pneumonia Friday at ManorCare Health Services in Towson. She was 87.

Mrs. Brown taught at St. Elizabeth School and Rehabilitation Center from 1965 until retiring in 1993.

Florence E. Doyle was born and raised in New York City, and earned her bachelor's degree in English from Good Counsel College in White Plains, N.Y., now a part of Pace University, in 1936. She began teaching deaf children in New York in the late 1930s.

She was married in 1939 to James Peter Brown, an FBI agent who died in 1980.

Mrs. Brown, who had lived on East Lake Avenue for more than half a century, returned to teaching after raising her seven children. She was known for producing and directing the school's annual fashion show, in which children modeled clothing that they had designed and made in her classroom.

Mrs. Brown enjoyed collecting and reading books, and joined the Renaissance Institute, a seniors' program at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where she directed the Great Books program until 1998.

She was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the convent of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, on the grounds of St. Elizabeth at 3725 Ellerslie Ave.

Mrs. Brown is survived by three sons, James P. Brown Jr. of Frederick and Laurence J. Belosevic and Christopher P. Brown, both of Baltimore; three daughters, JoAnne E. Davis of West Friendship, Maureen Gavin of Brunswick, Maine, and Claire E. Brown of Boonton, N.J.; and five grandchildren. Another son, Peter J. Brown, died in 1995.

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