There are people who come in to your life for a lifetime or for, what seems to be, a brief moment. For the members of the Society of Technical Communication, Philadelphia Metro Chapter, Al H.E. Brown, once you met him, became a lifelong colleague, mentor, supporter and friend. Unfortunately, only a few months after saying good-bye to long-time colleague Donn DeBoard, the chapter now mourns Al’s passing.
Although born and raised in Glenside, PA, Al called the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia his home. He was a great supporter of his neighborhood theater, Quintessence Theatre, and served in multiple capacities with the Society of Technical Communication – Philadelphia Metro Chapter. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Center for The Book, where he learned Origami.
“Al and I shared a love of history,” said Danielle Villegas, past president of STC-PMC, “and it was due to this that he had suggested and helped set up the 2018 chapter event at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. He was always supportive of the chapter, coming to as many events as he could. He was always friendly, kind, supportive, and a delight to talk to.”
A long-time resident of the Greater Philadelphia Area, Al attended Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania, earning his PhD in German Language and Literatures. In between his educational studies, Al served in the Vietnam War serving our country in Intelligence interpreting aerial photography. After earning his PhD, he taught German at Rutgers University before becoming Director of Publications at a technology company.