Sue Taylor Brown

September 16, 1939July 10, 2013

Sue Taylor Brown, former Executive Director of the Maryland Psychological Association, died July 10, 2013 at her home in Columbia, MD. She was 73.

The cause of death was metastatic melanoma after a life time of living with Fabry Disease, according to her husband, Robert A. Brown.

Ms. Brown was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Grant High School in Portland, and she received a B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1961 and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1963.

She moved with her family from Dallas, TX to Takoma Park, MD in 1972 and to Columbia in 1975. She was the Executive Director of the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) for 28 years, beginning part-time as the only employee and building the association into one of the most vibrant and accomplished state associations in the country. Under her leadership, MPA became a model for other state psychological associations, receiving the 1989 American Psychological Association Division 31 award for Outstanding Accomplishments of a State or Provincial Psychological Association.

Ms. Brown was a founding member and first chair of the Committee of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations. In 1986 and again in 2000, she received the APA Division 31 award for Outstanding Accomplishments of an Executive of a State or Provincial Psychological Association.

Ms. Brown was involved in a variety of civic and professional activities. She was a founding board member and treasurer of the National Fabry Disease Foundation. She was a member of the League of Women Voters in Dallas, Takoma Park, and Columbia and served as Treasurer and Board member of the Columbia Chapter. She was a founding member and president of the Pro Bono Counseling Project, an organization that annually offers thousands of hours of free mental health treatment to Washington and Baltimore individuals and families who could not otherwise afford these services. She recently chaired a committee in Howard County’s Robinson Nature Center’s HoLLIE program to map county hiking and nature trails accessible to seniors, and was a volunteer for FIRN tutoring children of recent Burmese immigrants.

Ms. Brown is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Robert A. Brown; a daughter, Dr. Karen E. Brown of Cheshire, CT; two sons, James R. Brown of Media, PA, and Dr. Kenneth G. Brown of Iowa City, IA; a step-daughter, Kaya A. Brown, of Santa Cruz, A; a brother, Fred W. Taylor of Mill Valley, CA; and seven grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be celebrated at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 21st at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, MD 21044. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: National Fabry Disease Foundation,, or the Fabry Support and Information Group,


  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 21, 2013

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Gary & Ellen DeNelsky

July 23, 2013

She Brown -- a very sweet, very classy lady who has brought much joy to us and many, many others. It is incredibly difficult to imagine not hearing her warm laugh and seeing her sweet smile.

Sue was a superb human being, a real blessing. She will be missed by many. The sweet memories of who she was, how she lived, and what she did for others will live on in all who knew and loved her. The beautiful and moving Memorial Service held for her was a fitting tribute to this wonderful person who gave so much love to others and was so fittingly loved by so many in return.

July 18, 2013

Hi Bob. My condolences to you and your family. Is almost a week that she is gone, and I still don't believe that she is no longer with us. I will miss very much the smile in her face, every time that I so her. My prayers are with you, and your family. Kay Gueno - Columbia Md.

Joan Brunett

July 18, 2013

Bob--I am deeply saddened to hear of Sue's untimely death. I aLways enjoyed you both so much in our real estate dealings. Sue was so vibrant and fun to be with. I'm sure she will be greatly missed by you and your family. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Joan Brunett

Jan & Matt Kristof

July 17, 2013

Such a sad loss for all of you. Love and prayers.

Vicki Rngold

July 17, 2013

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!

Lesanne Fliehler

July 17, 2013

Sorry to hear of your mother's passing, Ken. Prayers of peace for you and your family.

LaWaune Netter

July 17, 2013

It is so hard to lose a mother. You and your family are in my prayers.


July 17, 2013

Sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to you all.

Emily and Dave Demske

July 16, 2013

We are saddened at the loss of such a beautiful person who will be sorely missed. Loving thoughts to the Browns and Taylors at this difficult time.


July 14, 2013

May our Heavenly Father continue to bring your family comfort during this difficult time.