Constance Gerhard Brown
Constance Gerhard Brown, daughter of Margaret and Sherman Gerhard, died at home with her family at her side on June 6 at the age of 79. Connie was born May 19, 1938, and grew up in Nutley, NJ. She earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Rochester and a Masters in Sacred Music from Boston University.
Connie loved music and sang in choirs wherever she lived, including the Sanibel Community Chorus in Sanibel, FL; Southwest Symphony Orchestra Chorus in Fort Myers, FL; Mount Washington Valley Choral Society in Conway, NH; and the Rockingham Choral Society in Exeter, NH, for which she served as president for a time. She was a church organist and choir director at various churches in the Seacoast area of NH.
Connie wrote the book In a Mans World about her experiences as a faculty spouse at Phillips Exeter Academy, and co-authored The Pond, a history of a small lake in NH that was dear to her heart. Connie was a library volunteer and board member at the Conway (NH) Public Library, and a library volunteer at Shell Point Retirement Village in Fort Myers, FL.
She was an avid reader and cross-word puzzle enthusiast, and also enjoyed gardening, playing piano, kayaking and hiking in the White Mountains of NH, and most of all spending time with family and friends.
Connie is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard “Dick” Brown; her son Daniel and daughter-in-law Blythe of Rye Beach, NH; her daughter Valerie of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and her son Gregory, daughter-in-law Mary and two grandsons all of Belchertown, MA.
Her generosity, altruism, and compassion enriched the lives of all who knew her. Connie and her family are extremely grateful to The Ohio State University Medical Center for the many extra years of quality life they gave her in her battle against leukemia. For those who wish to support leukemia research, please consider donating to any of the many programs worldwide, or to The Connie Brown Leukemia Research Fund at http://bit.ly/ConnieBrown.