OBITUARY

Melvin F. Brown

June 4, 1935September 1, 2020

Beloved husband of Pamela Brown for 28 years and Jacqueline Hirsh (deceased) for 18 years. Beloved father of Andy (Stephanie) Brown, Steve (Rebecca) Brown, Step-Father of Tami (Brian) Sunshine, and Kim Miller. Adoring grandfather to Dylan, Jake, Gaby, Lily (Andy and Stephanie), Benjamin and Sarah (Steve and Rebecca), Ella, Lila, Greta (Tami and Brian), and Caroline (Kim). Dear son of Benjamin (deceased) and Selma (deceased) and cherished brother of Bernard (deceased). Beloved colleague and friend to many.

Mel was proud of his humble roots of Carlinville, Illinois where he graduated from Carlinville High School. Raised by his mother who operated a small shoe store, Mel came by his stellar work ethic honestly, passing it along to his children, his grandchildren, and all of those he mentored. He earned his B.A. from Washington University in 1957 and his J.D. in 1962. He was extremely proud to have attended Washington University with the help of an ROTC scholarship and the generosity of many in the university community.

Professionally, he was the retired president and CEO of Deutsche Financial Services, a unit of Deutsche Bank AG, Germany’s largest bank, which had its world headquarters in St. Louis. He was president and chief executive officer of ITT Commercial Finance before Deutsche Bank acquired the company in 1995. His colleagues from ITT became lifelong, beloved friends. He later served as Chairman of both Founders Bank and then Triad Bancorp.

A longtime supporter of both Washington University and its School of Law, he was a founding member of the School of Law National Council and a past member of the University’s Board of Trustees. To address the debt burden for students pursuing a legal career of public service, Mel initiated and personally funded the Mel Brown Family Loan Repayment Assistance Program. He also supported the law school faculty through the endowment of the Mel and Pamela Brown visiting professorship. Washington University honored Mel for his accomplishments, first as a Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Law in 1996, and then as a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Arts & Sciences in 2002. More recently, Mel was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the University and recipient of the Founder’s Day Award in 2008.

Mel’s involvement in the St. Louis community continued throughout his life. He served as a trustee to the Missouri Historical Society, the Missouri Foundation for Health, Forest Park Forever, and the Whitaker Charitable Foundation, supporting the arts, education, and medical research. He was past president of the Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia Society. He served on the board of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and most recently on the Board of the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation. He was also active in the St. Louis Jewish community, serving as president of the American Jewish Committee, St. Louis Chapter.

Mel’s greatest joy was his family. He loved travel and especially travel that included all three generations of his family. He created memories for all of his children and grandchildren with regular trips to his second home in Rancho Sante Fe and his favorite destination in Maui. His last cherished family trip was to Israel in August 2018 for the B'nai mitzvah of his grandson Benjamin and his granddaughter Lila. Mel believed to whom much is given much is expected and lived a life of generosity and service to all. He will be dearly missed.

A private family graveside service will be held. Memorial contributions are preferred to Washington University School of Law, MSC 1210 One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 63130 and Forest Park Forever, 5595 Grand River Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 63122.

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Dennis VanLeeuwen

September 15, 2020

I will greatly miss my friend, Mel Brown. I am constantly reminded of how my life and the lives of my family members have been deeply enriched because of Mel. He taught me how important it is to be the best you can be, to live your life with integrity, to be respectful and supportive of those you work with and, above all, to love and support your family. I will miss our long talks while driving to South Dakota to go pheasant hunting and I will miss all the wonderful times Pam and I spent with Mel and Pam in California.

I, like many others, are very fortunate to have known him and to have learned many valuable life's lessons from him. My regret is that I didn't tell him thank you enough for all that he did for me.

My most sincere condolences to his family. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with so many of us!

Dennis

Leslie and Mark Brownstein

September 10, 2020

Stephanie and Andy and family.. We were sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please accept our sympathies at this difficult time for you and may his memory be a blessing.
Leslie and Mark

Don and Paula Pace

September 7, 2020

Mel was the smartest person we have ever known and generous of spirit. He didn't miss a thing. It was a privilege and an honor to have worked for him. He achieved what so many desire to achieve but very few do as all of these tributes show. The angels are watching over the Brown family.

Rose Murray

September 6, 2020

Can understand why you did not have a memorial service. Mel impacted so many lives, so many people would have attended... could have caused an increase to the current epidemic. Mel was passionate about his work, his employees, and his family. He inspired us all to be our best. My husband still talks about him, specifically what a great leader he was. (only attended company events with me but listened to my praise of this wonderful man)
To Pam and his family:
Know you will miss his presence every day. He will be in your hearts always and he changed our hearts as well.

God Bless.

Stan and Karen Wallach

September 6, 2020

Mel and Pam are dear friends of my in-laws Jerry and Mindy Wallach were always so kind to include us in their holiday celebrations. Condolences to Pam and family - Karen and Stan

Rich Shirley

September 5, 2020

My condolences to Pam,Steve, Andy and the rest of the Brown Family. Mel was a great leader and a good friend to whom I owe so much. His talent for getting the best from people allowed so many of us to prosper with the company that he guided for many years. RIP Mel.

Naran Burchinow

September 5, 2020

Our condolences to Pam, the rest of the Brown family and his many friends. He built a great company, and gave many people their chance, included the chance he gave me for which I and my family will be forever grateful.

jim Hofbauer

September 5, 2020

Mel was a true leader and motivator who brought out the very best in everyone he touched. I was blessed to have known Mel for over 40 years and more blessed to be able to call him my friend.
Debbie and I offer our sincere condolences to Pam and the entire Brown family.

Laurna Godwin

September 5, 2020

I loved Mel Brown!! What a generous spirit, wonderful person and charming personality. Whenever I would see Mel, even if only for a couple of minutes, he instantly made me smile. I am honored to have known him. What a treasure he was to all who knew him. Rest In Peace Mel. Well done! To Pam, Steve and the rest of the family, my sincere condolences.
Laurna Godwin

Darlene Roland

September 4, 2020

We had many wonderful times together and so happy that Mel and Pam found each other. They are a super coup!e and Mel will be dearly missed by all. Our deepest sympathy to the Brown family.
Love
The Chuck Roland Family

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