Catherine H. Brown, active volunteer

March 16, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Catherine Healy Brown, who had been active in Harford County schools and charity groups, died of congestive heart failure March 6 at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 89 and had recently lived at Mercy Ridge in Timonium.

Born Catherine Healy in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park and Guilford, she was a 1937 Mount St. Agnes High School graduate and earned a sociology degree at St. Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute, Ind.

During the 1940s, she was a case worker at Baltimore's old Department of Public Welfare.

Mrs. Brown lived in Havre de Grace for many years and helped established the Harford County chapters of the March of Dimes and the American Lung Association. She was a founder of the Harford County chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Family members said Mrs. Brown was an early proponent of Harford County's Meals on Wheels program and worked to refurbish the Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air, where she also planned social activities.

During the 1960s and 1970s, she worked to bring performing arts to public and private Harford County schools with a concerts program. She was a substitute teacher for many years at St. Patrick Parochial and Meadowvale Elementary schools in Havre de Grace.

A Mass was offered Tuesday at the Stella Maris Chapel.

Survivors include four sons, Augustus F. Brown of Bel Air, J. Patrick Brown of New York, Thomas F. Brown of Dickerson and Michael D. Brown of Vienna, Va.; two daughters, Mary Louise Hullana of Napa, Calif., and Teresa B. McInerny of Bedford, N.H.; 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her husband of 55 years, A. Freeborn Brown III, a trial attorney, died in 1998.

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