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Herr Brown World Language Scholarship created for students in memory of German program

Allan Thomas Brown, a Milwaukie resident known as Herr Brown for his four decades teaching German at Oregon City High School, died Nov. 12 after battling cancer and health issues complicated by alcohol use disorder.COURTESY PHOTO: OCHS - Allan Brown (right) acts with Karmin Tomlinson during an Oregon City High School drama production.COURTESY PHOTO: OCHS - Allan Brown

Brown, 66, retired in 2020 due to his health, but continued to connect with students throughout the rest of his life. He coached girl's soccer, acted in at least 11 school musicals and plays, advised Model United Nations, facilitated TAG seminars, and was a teachers' union rep and contract negotiator.

Born in Detroit on April 30, 1955, Brown grew up in New Mexico and Arizona, before moving to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College. While in school, he studied abroad in Austria, and eventually moved to Munich, where he sang in the chorus for the Bavarian State Opera.

Brown is survived by his children, Claire and Alex; sister, Cindy; and two brothers, Norman and Roger. Family members ask that memorial contributions be sent to a scholarship fund in Brown's name at OCHS's World Languages Department. Brown's daughter, Claire, said her father appreciated the opportunity foreign languages provide to expand a young person's worldview, although he didn't know the scholarship fund would be created. He sent both his children to foreign language immersion schools and often told them about former students who were traveling abroad, graduating from college, starting a new career, etc.

"He was so proud of his many students who graduated from OCHS, as showed by my brother and I always heard stories of some former student or another who was up to something new and cool," Claire Brown said. "I can't tell you how many reference letters and letters of recommendations I saw him write on behalf of students (for college and for study abroad programs), and he was happy about it. It was a joy for him to be able to support his student's accessing new opportunities, and we hope to honor that by providing additional young people that opportunity to grow and learn." Please make checks payable to Oregon City High School and specify Herr Brown World Language Scholarship in the memo line. You can mail or drop off checks at 19761 S. Beavercreek Road; Oregon City, OR 97045. Cash or credit-card donations also will be accepted at OCHS Accounting Office during school hours.


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