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Arnold S.”Mike” Brown

Arnold S.”Mike” Brown, 89, passed away on February 18, 2017 in Yuma, Arizona. He was born March 30, 1927 to Loren and Carrie (Camp) Brown in Gildford, Montana.  He was the fourth of eight children.  He attended country school near the home farm, two years of high school in Hillsboro, Oregon, and graduated from Gildford High School in 1945. He was drafted into the Army and served eighteen months in Japan during World War II. He went home to farm with his brother, attending college intermittently. He graduated from Sioux Falls College (now University of Sioux Falls) in South Dakota and Berkeley Baptist Divinity School (now American Baptist Seminary of the West) in California. He married his college sweetheart, Harriet Crisp, on June 7, 1953, while in college.

“Mike” was an American Baptist pastor for nine years, starting new churches in Los Altos, California and Great Falls, Montana.  He returned to Montana State University to pursue sociology, earned a Masters, and went on to receive a PhD from the University of Montana.  He taught sociology at Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana, for three years, later teaching gerontology at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. He became a full professor after the publication of his book, “Social Processes of Aging and Old Age.” He did extensive travel to China, Russia, and Cuba studying elder care for his writing. He retired in 1992 and continued to be active by volunteering at NAU and for RSVP for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet, of sixty-three years, son Craig, Flagstaff, and daughter Rita, Yuma. He is also survived by his sister Phoebe (Doyal) O’Dell in Finland and his brother Dwight Brown in Canada.  Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers George, Edwin, Floyd, and Robert, and sister Jessie. He succumbed to the complications of dementia and pneumonia. He requested that no memorial be held but he expressed thanks to all who contributed to his life.  He will be interred in the columbarium at Federated Church, Flagstaff, where he was a member for many years.

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