Seldon L Brown Sr., 91, of Cape Vincent
Seldon L Brown Sr. passed away at Samaritan Hospital in Watertown, New York at 6 AM May 9th.
He was born June 19th, 1920 in Newton Massachusetts, son of Rena L. Brown of Watertown and Walter C. Brown of Wellesley Massachusetts. He graduated from Loomis in Windsor CT in 1938.
He attended Wesleyan University, Middletown Connecticut until Nov. 1941 at which time he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He was a Japanese interpreter and sniper in campaigns at Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan-Tinian and received a Purple Heart and Battle field commission to 2nd Lt.. Seldon married Australian born, Barbara J. Donaldson, now deceased, of the Royal New Zealand Air Force in Auckland New Zealand in 1943. He was discharged in Nov of 1945
Seldon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado in 1947. He was a language major in French, Japanese, Spanish, Russian and German. He retired from Corn Products Company, Division of Unilever-Best Foods, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey in 1977, after various international and domestic assignments. He joined Drake, Beam, Morin in Stamford, Connecticut as Vice President, retiring again in 1985. He settled in Cape Vincent and was active in SPRBSQSA, civic affairs and was a Warden of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Seldon is survived by his brother, Walter Creighton Brown of Tryon S.C., two sons; Seldon Jr. and his wife Mary Jane of Cape Vincent, New York, Michael, A. Brown and his wife Doris of San Antonio, Texas and a daughter, Christina Pratley and her husband Robert of Guilford Maine.
He has 5 grandchildren; Reverend Kimberly Cabrera and Bethany Schreck of Louisville KY, Gregory Pratley and Morgan Pratley of Guilford Maine and Creighton Brown and Morgan Brown of San Antonio, Texas. He also has 5 great grandchildren, Brennen, Braeden, Hanna, Dillon and Marissa all of Louisville, Kentucky.
A sister, Lenora Wilson, of Hendersonville, North Carolina died before him.
A Memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 4th at 1 PM at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, followed by an internment at Riverside Cemetery and reception at Aubrey’s Inn. All are located in Cape Vincent New York.
The family requests that any donations be made to the Cape Vincent Fire Department, Cape Vincent New York, 13618.
Arrangements are with Cleveland Funeral Home, Cape Vincent, NY.