Arnett J. Brown Jr., the tart-tongued president of the public school principals' union in Baltimore, died yesterday of cancer at Baltimore County General Hospital in Randallstown.
Services for Mr. Brown will be held at noon Thursday at Sharon Baptist Church, at Presstman and Stricker streets.
Mr. Brown, who was 62, was a native of Baltimore and had worked for the Baltimore school system since graduating from Coppin College in 1950. He thought of himself as someone who came up through the "old school," and he was one of those veterans who never lost sight of his main job: promoting the welfare of his students.
Mr. Brown was principal at Cherry Hill Middle School. He brought to the school order, discipline and, many believed, a sense of purpose.
A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, he took his first teaching job at Luther Craven Mitchell Primary Elementary School in East Baltimore in September 1950. He received a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1964 and was made an assistant principal in 1971. In 1972, he was appointed principal of Alicia Crossland School, in what is now the system's headquarters building. He transferred to what was then Cherry Hill Junior High in 1976.
Mr. Brown was a member of Sharon Baptist Church, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
He and his wife, the former Marcia Parks, were married in 1969 and lived in Forest Park.
Besides Mrs. Brown, he is survived by his mother, Virginia L. Brown; a sister, Elaine Brown Page; three daughters, Dawn E. Brown, Arnetta V. Brown and Lauren M. Brown; a son, Arnett J. Brown III; and a granddaughter. All are of Baltimore.