Jonathan Robert Spencer

April 7, 1961May 13, 2019

Jonathan Robert Spencer, 58, passed away on May 13, 2019. Jonathan is predeceased by his parents, Elliot and Helen Spencer. He is survived by his brothers; Scott (Alice), Steven (Lynne), and Brad; his niece Laura Costello (Sean); his nephews, Ryan Spencer, Michael Spencer (Alex), Christopher Spencer, Garett Randall and Cameron Yip; his grandniece Riley Heather Costello and his grandnephews Miles William Costello, Zayden Randall, and Jamison Randall. Jonathan graduated from Brown University and received a law degree from Duke University School of Law. He served as the General Counsel of the Museum of Science Fiction, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Verisign, General Counsel of Shenandoah Telephone Company, and Associate General Counsel of Cable and Wireless. A service will be held for Jonathan on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 11 am at the National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Virginia 22042. Jonathan will be laid to rest at King David Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Jonathan’s name to Brown University ( or to a charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Committal Service Sunday, May 19, 2019


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Vicky Oliver

May 21, 2019

Jonathan Spencer showed his great love for Brown each time he came to an event. Whether it was held in nearby Washington, D.C., on campus up in Providence, or hundreds of miles away in NYC, Jonathan would be there with a smile on his face, cheering on his friends and fellow alumni. He will be missed but not forgotten. He embodied all that a Brown alum should be -- he was intellectually curious, engaging, and kind -- a person who genuinely cared about others. He was taken too soon!

Vicky Oliver

Earle MacKenzie

May 20, 2019

My deepest condolences to all of Jonathan's family and friends. Jonathan was a generous and caring friend, a great colleague and one heck of a good lawyer. I always enjoyed working with him because he was great at his profession. He could read and dissect a legal document quicker than anyone I have ever known. He was also a good business man, who helped me many times get deals done. We went to lunch just about every day and covered so many topics outside of the issues of work. He always had an interesting story, was a good listener and willing to to do anything to help.
He will be missed by many
Earle MacKenzie
Retired COO
Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel)

Todd Andrews

May 17, 2019

Great universities would not be able to constantly improve in the way they serve each new generation of students without alumni like Jonathan. Year-after-year, he diligently worked to ensure his classmates were engaged with Brown and that we all understood Brown's constantly evolving goals. In my years working at Brown, I do not think he ever missed an alumni leadership gathering, whether it was in Washington, D.C., Manhattan or Providence. He was always willing to make the time to serve the interests of Brown and his classmates. And he fulfilled his leadership duties with modesty, kindness, a willingness to listen to others and a forever youthful sense of curiosity about what was happening at the institution that benefited immensely from his dedication and love. It is hard to imagine an alumni gathering without him and I know the University and his classmates are deeply grateful for his service.
Todd Andrews '83
Brown University Vice President - Alumni Relations, (2005-2018)

Victor Rehula

May 16, 2019

Jonathan was a great neighbor on the 4th floor. He always had positive things to say. We talked about our travels and trips to Broadway. He also was a great person on our board of directors at the condo. We will miss him.

Daniel Horn

May 16, 2019

In lieu of flowers, I made a donation in Jonathan’s memory to the Brown Annual Fund:

The Museum of Science Fiction was also something he was very involved in:

Mitch Sundt

May 16, 2019

Jonathan was such a sweet guy - always trying to connect with new people and stay caught up with his many friends. For me, Brown Reunions have become synonymous with seeing Jonathan and catching up. I will greatly miss him. He was a man of integrity with a great love for people.

Joan Heminway

May 15, 2019

Jonathan was a fellow Brown class leader (Class of 1983), a fellow lawyer, and most importantly a dear friend. Words cannot express my sadness today. He cared so much for so many--especially, in my experience, his fellow Brunonians--and in particular, those in our class. He planned reunions, solicited gifts, and came to everything. He shared his wisdom and his love of life. He always was so present; so alive. It is hard to conceive that he is gone . . . .

The world has lost an angel among among us. We know his work here on Earth is not done. May he live on in all of us to carry that work forward.

Nancy Prendergast

May 15, 2019

I met Jonathan at Brown and have met few folks as genuine, warm and upbeat as he was. His embrace was always true, robust and color-blind. His inclusiveness knew no bounds. His smile cheered, his eyes beckoned broadly. Thank you for your friendship, Jonathan. You have left your mark on us all.

Jeremy Cohen

May 15, 2019

Jonathan was a great friend ever since we met sophomore year at Brown. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to the family.