Gilbert Clark Brown

December 30, 1928January 1, 2019

Gilbert Clark Brown, age 90, died on New Year’s Day in Fairfax VA from complications of a stroke. Beloved father of Gerald (Ellen Boyle) and Adrian Kuzel (Joe), grandfather of Talia Baum (Lawrence), Evan Brown (Stephanie), John and Mark Kuzel, and great-grandfather of Eliana and Alexis Baum and Susannah Brown, he was born December 30th 1928 to Rose Landman Brown and Irving Brown. He married Shirley Haft in 1948. He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Cortland and his master´s and Doctorate in education from Columbia University. He had a distinguished career in education, serving as headmaster for 24 years at the Escola Americana do Río de Janeiro and for four years at the Colegio Lincoln in San José, Costa Rica. He was also a professor of education at the University of Florida, Kalamazoo College, and Memphis State University. After he retired from academic life he led workshops for American school boards around the globe. In 2014 after the death of his wife of 65 years he turned to writing, eventually producing 6 novels. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. For the last 25 years of his life he lived at the Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which he called “Shangri La”. Other than Rio, it was his favorite place to be. Besides his immediate family he will be remembered by scores of friends, students, colleagues, tennis and golf partners and opponents, and joke lovers the world over. In his later years he renewed his connection to his undergraduate alma mater, establishing the Dr. Gilbert C. Brown ‘51 and Shirley Haft Brown ‘51 Scholarship to assist Cortland graduates headed to medical school. Contributions in their honor may be sent to Cortland College Foundation, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045.


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Lucille Bellucci

February 2, 2019

I worked for him at EA and have myriad memories of that time. Our friendship continued after we both returned to the United States. He was a fine man, Gerald and Adrian, and will be remembered with respect and fondness.

José Krukoski - Class of 1986

January 17, 2019

All through Lower School i had the notion that if you misbehaved, you'd be sent to the principal's office, but if you were really naughty, you'd be sent to Dr. Brown's office and that would be the end of you. Only to discover, in Middle School and High School, what a kind and fun man he was. Incredible how he remembered my name and school history many years after I graduated. I'd always be grateful for the support he gave my family to make me spend 12 wonderful years at EARJ. You will be missed, Dr. Brown.

Bennett Goldstein

January 15, 2019

Where do I start.......Dr. Brown and his beloved wife Shirley were first and foremost friends of my parents....I remember so vividly the many Jewish holidays when they were over at our apt and vice-versa, many visits to Paissandu with them, and social gatherings with other members of the EA expat community.

When I think of EA, the imagery that first comes to mind is not of the old school in Leblon, or the majestic complex in Gavea, but of Dr. Brown with his towering presence and gifted smile. There are so many thoughts that come to mind, I could spend days writing about them. To this day, whenever I get together with my brothers, Neil, Lawrence, and Rony, it is inevitable that Dr. Brown's name comes up, always bringing a risada and smiles to our faces.

Gerald and Adrian, you were both blessed with kind wonderful parents.

Bennett Goldstein, class of 1973

George Searle

January 7, 2019

George Searle Class of 76
You will read many tremendous words describing Dr. Brown in all of the posts on this page. The common theme will center around how he was a mentor , a major part of everyone’s life during our EA days and how he helped each of us after EA. We won’t run out of words describing how he impacted our lives. At the end of the day all of us are better in our lives because of Dr. Brown.
My story has the same enthusiasm ,the same blessing to have had him in my life. I was a bad student , always on the verge of going on probation, I went to EA on a scholarship, bottom line I was very lucky to attend and graduate from EA.
Many folks helped me get through EA, the list is long with many hero’s in my life. The person who was my biggest fan , my shadow , my mentor , my friend , my tell it like it is when I needed person , was Dr. Brown.
Today I’m saddened of his passing like everyone else but so happy , so lucky , so blessed to have him part of my life. We didn’t know at the time but we won the Lotteria everyday we walked through the doors at EA.
Dr Brown , Maya Angelou said something like this ....... I might forget what you said to me so many years ago , I will probably forget all the things you did for me , But I will never forget , how you make me feel when I think about the times you influenced my thinking , my development of having 1/10 of your caring for others , your passion for having a Can Do Attitude and the ability to speak strongly while appearing calm.
Dr Brown thanks for what you did for us and for how you made us better.

Melanie Healey

January 5, 2019

I went back to my EA 1979 yearbook and found the thank you tribute our class made to Dr. Brown. I thought it was worth sharing here because it exemplifies many of the reasons he became the legend so many of us are honoring here today.

"Dr. Gilbert C. Brown - Sometimes, not often enough, we reflect upon the good times and those thoughts always center around those we love and, I think about those people who mean so much to me and for so many years have made me so very happy.
thank you..
for sitting on the wall with the kids,
for selling tickets at the door,
for playing tennis at the Paissandu Club
for always having a joke to share,
for always saying "let me tell you about a joke I heard",
for playing basketball and running on the track at 5 in the afternoon,
for being the last one to leave and the first one to arrive,
for building the new school,
for being tall and respectable,
for being the last stop on the disciplinary trail,
for being nominated cidadao honorario do Rio de Janeiro,
for making us proud to know you,
for philisophizing during assemblies,
for having such a powerful laughter,
for being a constant audience,
and, for considering the individual.
The class of 1979 - Carioca Yearbook

Thank you Dr. Brown for being such a big and caring presence in our lives as students and for years to come. We are eternally grateful. RIP.
And thank you Adrian and Gerry for sharing your incredible father with us over the years. May all these memories bring you warmth and comfort at this very difficult time.

Susan Strickland

January 4, 2019

Dr. Gilbert Brown was loved and respected by our family and also by those who knew him during his time in Brasil. He kept the EA spirit alive in so many of us throughout the years. It was always a pleasure seeing him and his lovely wife Shirley at EA reunions. We are already feeling "Saudades" of the times spent with him. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love, Susan, Rick, Christina, Patty and Ruth Strickland.

Bruce Healey

January 4, 2019

Dr. Brown was the towering presence who was much more than the headmaster of our school. He was the booming voice we all respected, he was the man we knew was correct (in every sense of that word) he was the gentleman we aspired to be. Thank you Dr. Brown for your example and tireless work. Rest In Peace in the knowledge that you truly left the world a better place.

Eric Emerson

January 3, 2019

Dr. Brown - RIP. You have brought happiness, joy, to thousands of your students. Think about it. Every time one of us thinks of EA - we think of you. You are so much a part of all our lives. Always will be. And I thank you for that. Thanks for the amazing memories. Now you are gone for another amazing adventure. You are missed. I am happy you were an important part of my life and the lives of many. Blessings.

Judy Ackley

January 3, 2019

What a privilege to have known you Dr. Brown. Thank you for being a major force at EA and for all the fond memories. How fun that we shared the same birthday! So much gratitude. Rest In Peace.

Karla Redig

January 3, 2019

Thank you for all you´ve done for me and my family. I had the best education and I have the best friends in the world thanks to EA. And for me, EA was what it was thanks to you... Obrigada por tudo !! Beijos