Alice Blewett Brown

1917 – 2018

Beloved mom and friend to all, Alice Brown passed away peacefully on August 18, 2018, at her home in Pacific Palisades. Born in Berkeley, California, August 29, 1917, Alice graduated from UC Berkeley in 1941 with a BS in political science before beginning her adventures in various jobs. While still completing finals during her senior year at Cal, she performed as a showgirl with Billy Rose’s Aquacade, a swimming performance show on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, where she made many lifelong friends.

During WWII, she was one of the first female employees at the Kaiser Shipyard in Oakland, California, where she worked as a surveyor and later an electrical draftsman helping to build LSTs for use in the war. Toward the end of the war, she was employed as a psychiatric social worker by the American Red Cross, where she initiated a program with disabled veterans, helping them in their rehabilitation through swimming.

In 1943 she married Edward Lee Brown and would go on to have four children whom she adored, Farney, Marcia, Steve and Laura who in turn gave her 11 grandchildren: Jason, Sarah, Corey, Justin, Vanessa, Ian, Ryan, Griffin (now deceased), Garrett, Sam and Raquel. She was also blessed to have three great-grandchildren: Olivia, Scarlett and Charlotte.

When she was 53, Alice went back to school to earn a teaching credential and soon after a Spanish bilingual certification. She put these to good use as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in the LAUSD for 27 years before finally retiring at age 78. She made an impact on many whom she taught both in and out of her classroom.

Alice was a life-long learner who traveled to 59 countries making friends everywhere she went. She volunteered for several worthy organizations, including seven years as a camp fire girl leader. She was an active member of the Palisades Presbyterian Church for over 60 years where she will be greatly missed. Alice was loved and treasured by the many who will miss her and recall her fondly in our memories.

There will be a memorial service at Palisades Presbyterian Church, Sunday, September 16, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family is suggesting donations to the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a 501c3 organization. The website and address is partnershipla.org or 1055 Wilshire Blvd #1850, Los Angeles, CA 90017.