Curtis L. Brown

May 31, 1921 ~ July 4, 2019 (age 98)


Curtis Leslie Brown passed his body's atoms, ions and molecules back for recycling into the eternal process of creation on July 4, 2019. 

He was born May 31, 1921 in Vienna, Austria, and became a U.S. citizen in 1953.  Curtis attended the Bolyai University in Cluj and the University of Vienna, receiving a Master of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and an honorary Master of Arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.   As a research chemist at the G.W.U. Medical School, Curtis received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Atomic Energy Commission.  He was editor of a technical journal at the National Academy of Sciences (1948 to 1955) before joining the faculty of the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton where he worked until his retirement in 1987.  His work there included bibliographer, librarian, instructor of Scientific German, Director on continuing Education seminars in industrial information management, and editor of the Institute's monthly Abstract Bulletin (ABIPC).  Curtis transformed ABIPC into an internet searchable database (PAPERCHEM) for which he enlarged, revised and edited the 3rd edition (1991) of the Pulp & Paper Thesaurus.  He was honored for his professional contributions by the American Society of Information Science (ASIS) and by the Information Management Committee of TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry).  Curtis was a charter member of the Wisconsin chapter of ASIS, the Chicago Chapter of A.S.I. (American Society of Indexers), and the TAPPI  I.M. Committee.  He was an active member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Literature, the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Paper & Textiles Division, the Institute of Information Scientists (U.K.) and the International Graphoanalysis Society (IGAS). Curtis was also active in many religious and cultural organizations, notably the Prince George's County (Maryland) Jewish Community Center, Zion Temple Congregation (Reform Judaism), and Moses Montefiore Synagogue in Appleton.  He was an officer and member of the board of Attic Theatre Inc. and Valley Theatre Company Ltd., a cofounder of Garret Players, and active both on and off stage in many regional amateur thespian productions.  He won numerous trophies in chess and bridge tournaments and also enjoyed archery, bowling, languages and music.  He authored dozens of scientific works, wrote and directed several plays, published poems, essays, humorous short stories, newspaper columns ("Curmudgeon"), and a few books - both serious and in the lighter vein - under the umbrella title "From a Brown Study." 

Curtis is survived by a son, Walter E. Brown, a stepdaughter, Lisa Weiner, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.  No funeral rites will be held.

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