William Stephen Vaughn Brown has left this life at 89 years of age. A long time member of Pine Island Homeowners Association in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, he had made Benton House in Port Orange his home since earlier this year. He was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 7, 1932, and attended Syracuse University. He was honored to serve his country in the U. S. Airforce. He was a vice president of personnel for the Federal Reserve Bank in Denver and Cleveland. There he introduced sign language to employees in an ongoing commitment to improve human relations.
He was predeceased by his loving wife JoAnn Foster Brown, and his parents professor Leonard S. Brown and social worker Marjorie Ayton Brown.
He had deep ties to Skaneateles Lake where he spent his childhood. A highlight recently was visiting there with his sister Jacqueline Mott Brown and his niece. He had three children by his first marriage to Thalia Dee Carstenson Brown. He was a member and onetime president of the garden club in New Smyrna Beach and was devoted to beautifying his city. He wrote The Craft and Creation of Wood Sculpture with his father in law Cecil Carstenson, a well known wood sculptor in Kansas City. Bill was fortunate to be cared for by Amanda and her special family. He somehow managed to touch even strangers who had a moment with him. His self effacing humor and zest for life will be missed by all. Donations in his memory may be made to Halifax Hospice in Edgewater.