C. Hammond Brown, 76, World War II veteran

September 17, 1994

C. Hammond Brown, a lawyer, churchman, combat veteran of World War II and retired officer of Commercial Credit Corp. who loved Baltimore and its history, died Wednesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 76.

Mr. Brown grew up in Waverly and lived in Baltimore most of his life. He retired from Commercial Credit in 1984 after 34 years with the company. He became its secretary in 1964, its general counsel in 1966 and a vice president in 1969.

He was a graduate of Baltimore City College, the Johns Hopkins University -- where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa -- and the Harvard Law School.

Recalled by his family as a scholarly man who loved local history, particularly that of the once village-like Waverly neighborhood where he spent his childhood, Mr. Brown was an avid reader. He had a special fondness for Baltimore poet Lizette Woodworth Reese.

Miss Reese's writings in the early part of the century revolved around the tranquility and security of Waverly, where she was born.

It was a Victorian village atmosphere that Mr. Brown found particularly appealing, said his son, C. Hammond Brown Jr. of Parkville.

"He loved Waverly, and Baltimore in general," the son recalled. "He never had any desire to move anywhere else. He loved the people here, as well as the theater and the symphony in town."

Mr. Brown enlisted in the Army in 1941, and later served as an intelligence officer with the 30th Infantry Division.

He saw combat in the Battle of the Bulge and left the Army as a captain at the end of the war. His decorations included the Bronze Star.

Before joining Commercial Credit, he practiced law in Baltimore. He was a former president of the Middle Atlantic regional group of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries and was a member of the Baltimore City and American bar associations.

While a college student, he spent a summer working in Tennessee on the construction of a Tennessee Valley Authority dam.

An elder in the Presbyterian denomination, he was a member of Govans Presbyterian Church and a former member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Woodbrook.

He had been a president of the Charlesbrooke Community Association and was a leader in the Great Books Course of the Renaissance Institute at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5824 York Road.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, the former Alice Elste; his son; and two daughters, Barbara Ann Brown of New York City and Laurie Ellen Brown of Baltimore, and five grandchildren.

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