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Gary Powell Brown
  • December 10, 1943
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  • April 27, 2022

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Gary Powell Brown, devoted son, brother, husband, father and friend, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2022 at the age of 78 after battling lung cancer.

Gary was born in Van Wert, Ohio to Gus and Betty (Jones) Brown on December 10, 1943. Growing up, he quickly developed his love for hunting and fishing and became an avid sportsman in his adult life. After graduating from Van Wert High School, he attended Ohio Northern for his undergraduate degree. He proudly served in the US Army for 2 years and was honorably discharged in 1968. His graduate degree moved him to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he attended Western Michigan University. Once in Michigan, he met his lovely wife, Gail Elizabeth Taylor and they went on to have a daughter, Lisa.

​As an educator, he touched countless lives at Kellogg Community College, where he taught for 30 years. He made lifelong friends at the college, and through other walks of life, who continued to support him through his final days. When he wasn’t teaching or watching his daughter’s basketball or track meets, Gary could be found on the golf course, hunting or fishing. Most summers, he would spend several weeks at his cabin in Canada, where he spent quality time with his father, the fish and the mosquitos. Later in life, he and Gail took the trip of a lifetime to Australia and New Zealand and then became “snow birds”, spending their winters in The Villages, Florida.

Gary is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Gail; his daughter Lisa (Chris) Hayes; two high-energy grandsons Ronan and Finn Hayes of Oregon, Wisconsin; and his sister Debra (Charles) Davis of Ohio City, Ohio;. He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Gus Brown, his grandparents and his infant twin sons, Gavin and Gregory.

Per Gary’s wishes, there will be a private gravesite service in Van Wert, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the KCC scholarship foundation: https://www.kellogg.edu/about/foundation/kccscholarships/. Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-480-5959. Sentiments may be left online at www.baldwincremation.com.

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  1. John Dilworth says:
    06 May 2022
    Gary and I graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1966 as psych majors. We got accepted to Western Michigan University grad school of psychology. I had a relative who lived in Otsego and they let us stay there for a few weeks. We then roomed together at a house on Indian Lake near Vicksburg for 1 semester when we both got draft notices. Gary left after 1 semester to enter the Army. I was able to remain another year.
    When Gary completed his stint in the Army, he returned to Kalamazoo and WMU to complete his Masters degree. When I returned to finish my degree, I was working in Battle Creek and began teaching adjunctively for KCC. I became aware of a teaching position at KCC and informed Gary. He was selected to fill that position. The rest you know about his career tenure at KCC.
    I had the privilege of Chairing the Social Science Department for the last few years of Gary's tenure so I witnessed his command of his subject and his devotion to student success. I admire Gary and am honored to have been his friend.

  2. Professor Jon Williams says:
    04 May 2022
    Gary was an awesome first "mentor" to me as a fellow faculty member at KCC. I came on in 1998 as faculty... and only had a couple of years together with "Professor Brown" before his retirement. We'd talk at length about bird hunting and our dogs. I can honestly say that every time since that I have thought of Gary the thoughts are fond memories. One can only hope to be as blessed as Gary as they navigate their (all to short) time on earth, God's Speed Professor Brown.

  3. Teresa Durham says:
    03 May 2022
    To Gail, Lisa and family,
    Your KCC and KCC Foundation family, friends and fellow retirees send our deepest condolences on your loss. Gary's vocation of educating our students and his dedication to their success won't be forgotten. Our lives were enriched because of him, and countless of students will be reminded of his kindness, professionalism, and commitment. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Teresa Durham
    KCC Foundation

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