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JONATHAN W. BROWN

CHELSEA -- Jonathan W. Brown, 77, of Chelsea, died on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Togus VA Hospice. An honors graduate of Harvard, he did early research in psychopharmacology and hallucinogens at the Harvard Medical School and then attended Northwestern University, where he received a degree in clinical psychology.

He worked extensively in community mental health and social systems interventions for such programs as Headstart, the Job Corps, and Model Cities and was associated with the National Training Laboratories in many projects.

He moved to Maine in 1974 and worked with Augusta Mental Health Institute, Crisis & Counseling, NAPPI, Mid-Maine Meical Center, King Fahd Hospital in Saudi Arabia and NGM Insurance. He mediated in Maine's courts for many years as well.

He had deep commitment to jazz and was known for his field recordings, his encyclopedic knowledge of modern jazz artists, as well as his friendships with musicians.

He is survived by his children and stepchildren, Timothy Brown, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Elizabeth Barker and husband Sean, of Amherst, Mass., Stephen Sinclair and wife Shannon, of Bath, David Sinclair and wife Lauren, of Bath, and Alicia Sinclair and husband Mark Punyanitya, of New York City; his partner, Carole Rideout; his ex-wife and close friend, Karin Sinclair; as well a horde of siblings, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, and innumerable dear friends.

He lived with style, grace, and compassion, and will be missed by all.


Published in Kennebec Journal on Jan. 22, 2013
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