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“Dear Carol and family,I am sorry to hear of Blair's passing. I became acquainted with Blair when I was a student trustee at Hampshire during Blair's...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Reyes - Austin, TX

“Dear Carol,I am so sorry for your family's loss. Your husband sounds like an amazing man! I am writing for my mother, Edie (Atkinson) (Shank) Rodman...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Vanessa Drummond - Bartlesville, OK

“Blair was my boss at Charrette for several years. He and I had a good time exchanging ideas. He was so bright and funny. He was a good employer...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: donna Laconti - andover, MA

“I will miss the warmth of Blair's friendship and the inspiration of his leadership in the NEC community.Jack Hornor ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: John - MA

“Blair gave me my first real job. He supported me throughout my career and was always cheerful and funny. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Dick Hoye - Tucson, AZ - Friend

“Dear Carol and Family, I read with dismay the notice of the death of your dear Blair. What a wonderful person on so many different levels - from...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Kaplan - Newton, MA

“I am saddened to hear of Blair's passing. I served with him on the Boards of both The Cantata Singers and Montserrat College of Art. He was a good...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Robert Powers - Boston, MA

“Seems like just yesterday that we first entered the Harvard University Graduate School of Architecture's Hunt Hall. The Vietnam War was only...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Sherrie Stephens Cutler. AIA - MA

“I was shopping for drafting pencils in the new Charrette store on Lexington Avenue sometime in the mid 80s as I recall, wearing my yellow sailing...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Andrew Blackman - New York, NY

“We at Montserrat College of Art are sorry to hear of Blair's passing. Blair was a wonderful trustee during his service to the college and we were...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“The Tremble Clefs Choral Group and Parkinson's Drumming programs of JF&CS Parkinson's Family Support will miss Blair. We we honored by his...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Nancy Mazonson - Newton, MA

“I had the honor of spending a summer working for Beach and Blair on Drumbeat. What a great pair of gentlemen to be associated with. When I took the...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Rob Nye - Suffield, CT - Sailing

“I was saddened to read about the passing of Blair. A true character. Blair was a visionary. Fun to work for and with he was a great teacher. I am...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Mark Bell - Needham, MA

“Blair was such a special gift to those who were honored to know him. I will always smile when I think of that twinkle in his eye, timely wit ...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Karen Finocchio Lubeck - MA

“Blair was truly a generous and kind man. He will be missed. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: John Bensley - Natick, MA


Blair Brown of Newton and South Dartmouth, MA, former President of Charrette Corporation, died on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016. He was 74.
Born in Fall River, MA, to Kathryn (Borden) and Dr. Samuel Brown, Blair graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1958 and from Harvard College in 1962. Blair received a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1967, and by then his design interests were turning towards entrepreneurship. While a design student, Blair co-founded the Charrette Corporation, which became a leading national vendor of engineering and architectural supplies, and printing services. Blair was a tireless businessman, who was also passionate about serving his community and competitive sailing. Blair was active in local non-profit organizations that reflected his commitment to promoting education and the arts within the greater Boston community. He was involved with Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, New England Conservatory of Music, Hampshire College, Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard Student Agencies/Let's Go Travel, Harvard Alumni Association, WGBH, Boston Architectural College, the Swain School, the Herreshoff Marine Museum, Montserrat College of Art, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the Cantata Singers. Blair was a member of the New Bedford Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club. He sailed to numerous regatta victories, and in three different years received the New York Yacht Club's prestigious Herreshoff Award for the season's best overall performance.
Blair was a devoted husband and father, who was known for his irreverent spirit and the twinkle in his eye. He loved music, mentoring, entertaining, and le mot juste.
Blair is survived by his wife, Carol (Hedstrom); his four children, Corin, Samuel, Amanda, and Louisa; and his grandson, Nicholas. Blair is also survived by his sister-in-law, Susan M. Brown, and numerous nieces and nephews. Blair's only brother, Borden Brown, died in 2009.
A memorial gathering will be held at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology on March 12th at 3 pm.
Donations may be made in Blair's memory to the following organizations: Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology http://www.bfit.edu/the-college/give-to-bfit (617) 588-4175 Brigham and Women's Hospital Parkinson's Disease Research Fund https://giving.brighamandwomens.org/parkinsons (617) 424-4300 New England Conservatory of Music https://goto.necmusic.edu/pages/donation-form---general (617) 585-1156.