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F Graham Brown

Jan 7, 2021

F. Graham Brown was born in West Hartford, CT on October 12, 1945 and died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on November 4, 2020 at the age of 75.

Graham is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Hickey Brown, also from West Hartford; daughters Jennifer Kelly, Kimberly (Jason) Robinson & Meredith (Buzz) Calkins; grandchildren Christopher and William Kelly, Rio, Lilah & Riley Robinson and Bradley, Marin and Harper Calkins; brothers Steve (Lin) Brown & Trevor (Margaret) Brown and sister Wendy (Tom) Lincoln; and many nieces and nephews.

After receiving many athletic accolades in wrestling and lacrosse during his high school years at Kingswood-Oxford, Graham graduated in 1963 and continued his academic pursuits at Hobart College. While at Hobart, Graham was an active member and president of the Sigma Phi fraternity. After graduation, Graham began his career as an educator. His early years were spent teaching and coaching at Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut. Following his time at Rectory, he returned to his alma mater to teach and coach at Kingswood-Oxford. During this time, Graham decided to further his studies, completing his Masters Degree in Education at Trinity College in 1973. Graham had a natural ability to lead and was named Head of the Middle School at Kingswood-Oxford, after just a few years of teaching. Graham thrived in his new role and in 1983 was appointed Headmaster at Canterbury School in SW Florida. It was here that Graham and his family created their ties with Sanibel Island, a place they would consider their home for over 30 years. Graham’s career as a Headmaster took him to various schools throughout the country including Staten Island Academy (Staten Island, NY), Fort Worth Country Day School (Ft. Worth, TX), The Knox School (Long Island, NY), Chatsworth Hills Academy (Los Angeles, CA) and The Academy at Ocean Reef (Key Largo, FL), along with being Development Director at Kent Denver School (Denver, CO). In 2016, Graham retired and he & Mary returned home to Sanibel and all the things they enjoyed in life. Graham’s love of his family and his passion for education was infectious. As a lifelong educator, he touched the lives of many students and their families and faculty. The Brown family would welcome hearing stories and memories about how Graham’s life positively impacted yours.

Donations in Graham’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.