Sad to note the passing of Professor Mac Brown.

Mac Brown

Mac joined the faculty in 1956 and, before retiring in 1994, he served as Chair of the Political Economy Program and the Political Science Department and as Director of the summer Program in American Studies for Executives. He also served as administrative assistant to President John Sawyer during an important time in the College’s history.

A specialist in American foreign policy and communism in Indochina, he was well-traveled in that area of the world.

He frequently attended Williams athletic events, he also became a nationally-ranked master’s-level squash player.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Adriana and their children. We will pass on details regarding a memorial service when they are set. [It has since been scheduled for Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in Thompson Chapel.]

If any of our readers were at the memorial, please let us know how it went. Professor Brown was a beloved teacher to thousands of Williams students. I still remember the skill and verve with which he taught the America foreign policy survey course in the Political Science department. Perhaps Sam Crane and Marc Lynch will post some thoughts on their former colleague.

If you have memories of Mac, please share him. Squash players will recall that Mac was, 20 years ago, a regular participant in afternoon pick-up games and could hold his own against members of the JV well into his 60s.

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