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Phillip L. Brown, barber and veteran of WWII and Korea, dies

Phillip Brown was still barbering in his 90s.
Phillip Brown was still barbering in his 90s. (Handout)

Phillip L. Brown, a barber who fought in World War II and the Korean War, died April 7 from complications of a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 97.

Phillip Linwood Brown, son of Ernest A. Brown and his wife, Lillian V. Brown, was born and raised in East Baltimore. He was a graduate of city public schools.

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Mr. Brown attended what is now Morgan State University and was a graduate of the Apex Beauty College and Barber School. He established a beauty salon and operated the business until closing it when he enlisted in the Army in 1942, serving in both the European and Pacific theaters.

After being discharged, he returned to Baltimore and completed his studies for a master barber’s license. He opened the Uptown Barbershop on West North Avenue in 1945, and with the outbreak of the Korean War 1950 closed the business and returned to active duty with the Army, serving for two years.

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After being discharged in 1952, he reopened his shop and continued barbering until the outbreak of the pandemic last year.

“He was in his 90s and still cutting hair,” said Michele Harrison, a grandniece who lives in Baltimore.

Active in Masonic circles, Mr. Brown joined the Samuel J. Ennis Lodge No. 106 in 1960, and three years later was its worshipful master, helping to expand its membership. He later transferred to St. John’s Lodge No. 5, where he was its longtime worshipful master and treasurer.

For 27 years, he was an instructor in the Lodge of Instructions, assistant and later deputy Grand Master and a past Grand Master. He was a former past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Clare R. Overton Chapter No. 59, and was the past high priest of the Royal Arch Masons, Keystone Chapter No. 10.

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He was a life member of American Legion Post 14 and was a charter member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6188. He was a charter member and past president of the North Avenue Merchants Association, and was chairman of the board and treasurer of the Walbrook Merchants Association.

Mr. Brown was a longtime active member of Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was treasurer, Sunday school superintendent and president of its men’s program.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at his church, 2610 Garrison Blvd., Baltimore.

Mr. Brown, who never married, is survived by nieces and nephews.

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