Sue Brown

Sue T. Brown, who served as executive director of the Maryland Psychological Association for nearly three decades, died July 10 of complications from metastatic melanoma at her Columbia home. She was 73.

Sue Taylor was born in Seattle and raised in Portland, Ore., where she graduated in 1957 from Grant High School.


She earned a bachelor's degree in 1961 from the University of Oregon, and in 1963, a master's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa.

After living in Dallas, she moved with her family to Takoma Park in 1972, and three years later, to Columbia.

She began her career with the Maryland Psychological Association in 1975 as the organization's only part-time employee and built the group into "one of the most vibrant and accomplished state associations in the country," said her husband of 50 years, Robert A. Brown, a psychologist.

Under Ms. Brown's leadership, the Maryland Psychological Association became a model for other state psychological associations. In 1989, the group received the American Psychological Association Division 31 award for "Outstanding Accomplishments of a State or Provincial Psychological Association."

She was a founding member and first chair of the Committee of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations.

Ms. Brown was a founding member and served as president of the Pro Bono Counseling Project, an organization that annually offers thousands of hours of free mental health treatment to Baltimore and Washington residents and families who otherwise could not afford the services.

Ms. Brown, who also suffered from Fabry disease, a genetic disorder that is caused by a buildup of a type of fat in the body's cells, was a founding board member and treasurer of the National Fabry Disease Foundation.

She was a longtime member of the League of Women Voters in Takoma Park and Columbia, and she was a board member and treasurer of the Columbia chapter.

Recently, she had chaired a committee in Howard County's Robinson Nature Center's HoLLIE program to map county hiking and nature trails that are accessible to seniors. She also volunteered with FIRN, tutoring children of recent Myanmar immigrants.

Ms. Brown was an avid reader and an active member of a book club. For many years, she enjoyed riding her bike.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

In addition to her husband, Ms. Brown is survived by two sons, James R. Brown of Media, Pa., and Dr. Kenneth G. Brown of Iowa City; a daughter, Dr. Karen E. Brown of Cheshire, Conn.; a stepdaughter, Kaya A. Brown of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a brother, Fred W. Taylor of Mill Valley, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.