“ I am told she was the heart and soul of those labs, and while her no-nonsense approach made students think she was reverting back to her Army days, it also helped ensure their success.”

—President Adam Falk, in a letter to the Williams community about the May 2 passing of Eleanor R. Brown, lecturer in the biology department.

Eleanor Brown graduated from Middlebury College in 1943 and served as a medical department dietician for the U.S. Army. She came to Williams in 1960 and worked as a lab assistant in the psychology department while pursuing her master’s in biology here. She then became manager of and taught the college’s introductory biology, physiology and genetics laboratories. Among her survivors are her husband Fielding Brown ’45, who retired from Williams in 1989 as professor of physics, emeritus, and four daughters.