Frank “Bart” B. W. Brown of Middleton, MA died on Friday, August 21, surrounded by family and friends at Kaplan Family Hospice House. He was 95.
Bart grew up in Dover, NH, graduated from Harvard University in 1942 and went directly into the Army Air Corps where he served in Kunming, China as a Captain supervising the maintenance of aircraft flying over the Himalayas.
Post war, after completing an MBA at Harvard Business School, he worked as an engineering supervisor at Polaroid Corporation from its early years through 1964 when he left to build Middleton Golf Course.
His lifetime achievement was the design and construction of Middleton Golf Course and its development as a successful family business and golf teaching facility. As a PGA Teaching Pro, he instituted free weekly golf clinics regarded by many as increasing public interest in golf on the North Shore.
The other real joy of his life was Margaret Frances Head, his wife of 71 years who predeceased him in 2012. In his retirement he was active in fundraising for the American Lung Association, the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, and enjoyed tutoring in the GED program at the Essex County Correctional Facility.
Bart is survived by his daughters Sarah George, Katharine Brown, Janet Parker and sons-in-law William George and Lawrence Parker, all of Middleton; also his grandchildren Bart George, Olivia Burke, Alyssa Kelly, Philip Tricca, and Elizabeth Cranstoun; and his great grandchildren Armahn Parker, Liam and Dallas George, Alexandra Kelly, and Thea Burke. He also leaves his beloved dog Max.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923; or the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, 300 Arnold Palmer Blvd., Norton, MA 02766.
Services will be held graveside at Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton, on Saturday, September 12 at 1PM, followed by an Open House at Middleton Golf Course at 2PM. Arrangements are being made by Mackey Funeral Home www.mackeyfuneralhome.com
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