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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB104 (1998)

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ARLB104 Northwestern Division Director Mary Lou Brown, NM7N, SK

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ARRL Bulletin 104  ARLB104
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  December 4, 1998
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB104 Northwestern Division Director Mary Lou Brown, NM7N, SK

Northwestern Division Director Mary Lou Brown, NM7N, of Anacortes,
Washington, died December 3, 1998.  She was 71.  Brown was just
re-elected without opposition to a new two-year term on the ARRL
Board.  Her husband, Bob, NM7M, reports that Director Brown
collapsed and died at Los Angeles International Airport, apparently
after suffering a heart attack.  She was returning from Australia
where she had just taken part in the Lord Howe Island, VK9LX,
DXpedition.

DXpedition member Nick Hacko, VK2ICV, called Brown was ''the
most-liked person'' on the DXpedition.  ''Although I knew Mary Lou for
only a few days, it was very clear to me and to the other Lord Howe
operators that she was an exceptional person,'' he said in an
Internet posting after learning of her death.  He said Brown helped
out with all phases of the operation and deserved ''a lot of credit
for helping the rest of us get a great lot of enjoyment out of our
trip.''

Brown has been the ARRL Northwestern Division Director since 1995
and was a vice director from 1990 through 1994.  She also served as
a member of the ARRL Executive Committee.

ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, said Brown was
held ''in the highest possible esteem'' by her peers on the ARRL
Board.  He noted that Brown was elected to the Executive Committee
after just one year as a director, and was re-elected twice.  ''Her
enthusiasm for Amateur Radio extended beyond organizational affairs
to on-the-air operating, especially operating with friends,'' he
said.  ''Anyone who was fortunate enough to able to call Mary Lou
their friend--and their numbers are legion, all over the
world--knows the true meaning of friendship.''

Brown received her doctorate from Columbia University.  Before
retiring to Washington, she taught physical education at the
University of California at Berkeley and served as department
chairperson.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Northwestern Division Vice Director Greg Milnes, W7AGQ, accedes to
the position of Director.  Milnes also was just re-elected to a new
two-year term.  The vacancy in the position of Vice Director will be
filled in due course by appointment by President Rod Stafford,
W6ROD.
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