Frederick Aten Brown, a retired Baltimore County school principal, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 76.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Stoneleigh, he was a 1947 graduate of McDonogh School and earned a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Towson University.
Mr. Brown began teaching at Gray Manor Elementary School before being named assistant principal at Battle Grove Elementary in Dundalk. He became principal of Orems Elementary in Middle River, and while there started a vocational education program for fifth- and sixth-graders.
He then was named principal of Timonium Elementary and challenged pupils there to read more books. When they met the challenge, he ate pizza on the school roof while dressed in a tuxedo. He retired 15 years ago, and taught education subjects at Loyola College.
Mr. Brown played the saxophone and gave concerts at nursing homes as a member of the Chesapeake Concert Band. He also was a volunteer with Towson University's Tiger Athletic Board.
Services were held yesterday at Timonium United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Mary Lou Louthan, a retired Baltimore County elementary school teacher; a son, Thomas Daniel Brown of Concord, N.C.; a daughter, Deborah Lynn Soos of Bel Air; and four grandchildren.