Alexander P. Brown III, a retired Alex. Brown & Sons stockbroker who was a Russophile, died April 22 in his sleep at his Elkridge Estates home in North Roland Park. He was 84.
Alexander Paul Brown III, son of A. Paul Brown Jr., an American Oil Co. executive, and his wife, Helen Merryman Streett Brown, former head of Baltimore City social services, was born in Baltimore and raised on Keswick Road in Roland Park.
He was a 1955 graduate of McDonogh School and attended Cornell University, where he played football and lacrosse, and graduated in 1960 from the Johns Hopkins University, where he continued playing both sports. He served in the Maryland National Guard with an artillery unit, attaining the rank of captain.
Mr. Brown, who was not a descendant of Alexander Brown, began working in 1960 at Alex. Brown & Sons as a stockbroker and continued there until 2003 when he joined Ferris Baker Watts, and finally Chapin Davis, from which he retired in 2015.
Mr. Brown, who owned two Cal sailboats, the Shamrock and the Soiree, was an avid waterfowl hunter and a member of the Feather Dusters Gun Club in Centreville. He enjoyed golfing, playing tennis and classic sports cars, and with his father had owned an Austin-Healey, an MG and a Jaguar.
“He was a self-avowed Russophile,” said his son, Alexander P. “Sandy” Brown IV of Hingham, Massachusetts. “He developed a relationship with a Russian stockbroker and liked traveling to Russia.”
In addition to his son, Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Mary Harris, a former Wilmer Eye Institute orthoptist; a daughter, Julia Post of Bordeaux, France; and two grandchildren.