Elaine Leslie "Lee" Brown

August 4, 2018

Elaine Leslie “Lee” Brown

Lee Brown died peacefully at the UVM Medical Center on Saturday 4 August 2018, following two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit for post-operative complications from a head injury.  She was born in Providence Rhode Island in 1943, the only child of Alvin and Susan (née Bliss) Gewinner.  She grew up in Amsterdam New York, then attended and graduated from Mary Burnham School in Northampton, Massachusetts.  For college she enrolled at Northwestern University, Class of 1965, where she concentrated her studies in the School of Communication and earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Speech and Language Pathology.  Lee was active in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, through which she made many lifelong friends.

At Northwestern Lee met and in 1966 married David Brown, a chemistry PhD student.  Upon his graduation, they moved to Plainfield NJ, where David had a post-doctoral fellowship at Bell Laboratories, and in 1969 to Burlington VT when David was appointed an assistant professor in UVM’s Department of Chemistry.   Together they raised two sons: Scott and Jeffrey.  David died young of cancer in 1983.  As a widow caring for her young boys, she returned to graduate study at UVM and earned a master of science in speech and language pathology. Over the following years, she taught for short periods at U-32 in Montpelier and at South Burlington High School before teaching language skills for several years to students at Pine Ridge School in Williston.

During this time, Lee met and in 1991 married Patrick Hutton, a history professor at UVM.  They shared family responsibilities for all of their children, while traveling from time to time in the United States and in Europe in connection with Patrick’s research and scholarship.  Upon Patrick’s retirement, they purchased a townhouse in Sarasota Florida as a vacation home, where they spent winter months close by her son Scott and his young family.   

Lee was fun-loving, generous, and distinctive for her constant loyalty and devotion to her extended family and to her friends of whom there were many from her various spheres of life.  She is survived by her husband Patrick of Essex Junction, VT, son Scott of Sarasota FL, son Jeffrey of Brooklyn NY, step-children Jennifer Pacini of Newport Beach CA, Sean Hutton of Burlington VT, and Matthew Hutton of Franklin TN, and nine grandchildren. 

Our family wishes to express our profound gratitude to the nurses, physicians, and surgeons at the UVM Medical Center for the extraordinary care and kindness they gave Lee during her final days.

Arrangements for her funeral are coordinated by Corbin and Palmer in Essex Jct.  Interment will be private with her family.  A memorial service will follow later.

In memory of Lee, you may send donations to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, or to the scholarship fund for students at the University of Vermont Foundation.






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