Dr. Kenneth Harold “Ken” Brown - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Dr. Kenneth Harold “Ken” Brown

August 8, 1946 - March 12, 2022

Dr. Kenneth Harold “Ken” Brown, age 75, of Newark, Delaware, was surrounded by his family when he passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Ken was born on August 8, 1946 at Coaldale Hospital near Tamaqua, Pennsylvania to parents the late Kenneth C. Brown and Edna (Mauger) Brown. As a youth in Tamaqua, Ken was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was also a member of the Order of the Arrow, which is the honor society of Scouting.

Ken graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1964, completed his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Mathematics at Bloomsburg State College in 1968, and his Master of Education in Mathematics from the University of Delaware in 1971. He engaged in post-graduate studies in Administration and Curriculum at the University of Delaware, and later went on to earn his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 1981.

Ken started his career in education teaching eighth grade mathematics at Wilmer E. Shue School in Newark, Delaware where he taught from 1968 until 1988 and was well known as a tough but fair teacher. Beginning in 1983, he was the District Chairperson of Mathematics for Christina School District for six years, and then served for a year as a Special Agent working on curriculum development. In 1989 he accepted the position of Director of Finance for the Christina School District, serving in that role for 10 years. Ken also was an adjunct faculty member at Wilmington University, where he taught Master and Doctoral level courses in Educational Leadership and Administration from 1992 to 1999. Ken retired from Christina School District on September 1, 1999, and accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, serving in that role until 2003. After leaving Prince George’s County, he worked as an independent educational consultant until finally retiring.

Ken had been a long-time member of the Newark Rotary Club and was a Master Mason with over 50 years of service with dual membership in the Tamaqua-Mahanoy City (Pennsylvania) Lodge no. 238 and Solomon Lodge no. 36 of Newark, Delaware. He was also a 32nd degree in Scottish Rite (Northern Masonic Jurisdiction), Valley of Wilmington.

He enjoyed spending time at the beach and the mountains. He loved being on the water, whether it was exploring the back bays of Ocean City in his boat, catching a bounty of crabs for dinner, or taking cruises to island destinations on the high seas. Most of all, he loved spending time with his friends and his family who he loved so much.

Ken began dating his beloved wife of 53 years, Patty, when he was 15 and she was 14.  They married on November 2, 1968, moved to Delaware, and had one daughter.

In addition to his parents, Kenneth and Edna, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Jane Brown Kline. Ken is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Hoffman Brown of Newark; daughter, Patricia Lee Brown Welch (Ticia); son-in-law, Edward Anthony Welch; and grandsons, James Kenneth Welch and Jordan Christopher Welch, all of Ocean Pines, Maryland.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a masonic service will begin at 2 pm. A memorial service will immediately follow at 2:15 pm.  Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken’s memory to the Supreme Council, 33° Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, NMJ, USA, PO Box 519, Lexington, MA 02420-0519 or by clicking here or to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301, or by clicking here.


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9 Condolences for Dr. Kenneth Harold “Ken” Brown

  • Sending our deepest condolences to you and your family. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help.

  • Patty,
    I am truly saddened by the news of Ken passing. My prayers are for you and your family, and my hope is to see Ken again when we leave this earth. May God bless and be with you in this time of your loss and strengthen you in the days to come. God Bless, Bill McHale

  • I remember Ken with fondness and respect. I am sorry for your loss and wish you peace during this time.

  • Great educator and even better friend. Patty, please let us know if there is anything we can do.

  • Dear Patty,
    We are so sorry to learn of Ken’s passing. So many fond memories of being with both of you in Rotary Club and now our monthly dinners together! He will be missed by all of us. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers.

    Jim and Gwen

  • Our hearts go out to you, Patty , Ticia and your whole family…..we are here if we can do anything to help. Sending love…Tom and Johnnye Baker

  • Patty, Sorry is not enough to say at a time like this. I must tell you that Ken was one of the nicest men I have ever met. God Bless you and yours.

  • So sorry to hear of Mr. Brown’s passing. He was my 8th math teacher at Shue, and his class was my favorite.

    Kathy (Sinopoli) Minnich

  • Patty and family, so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. My condolences are with you.
    Greg Warren