Shepard Brown, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, passed away peacefully at home on July 27, 2017. He was 89.
He was predeceased by his first wife of 40 years, Jane Weld Brown. He leaves his wife of 22 years, Lee Rand Simonds; four children and their spouses, Louisa and John Troubh, Linzee and Linda Brown, Shepard and Donna Brown, Elizabeth Brown and Mark Smith; four step-children, Peter Simonds and Beth Colt, Charlie and Amy Simonds, Ginny Simonds Ramos, and Chris and Kim Simonds; along with 18 grandchildren. He is survived by his sister, Mary Cox Golden. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles Brown, Jr.
Shepard Brown was born on November 25, 1927, in New York City. He was the son of the late Mary Schieffelin Brown and Charles Stelle Brown. He attended the Allen-Stevenson School, Groton School, and Harvard University, Class of 1950. He married Jane Weld in 1954 and had a successful career in the real estate industry. He specialized in property management, mostly concerned with low and moderate income apartment developments, and institutional married student housing, as well as condominium conversions and residential subdivisions. After 25 years with Hunneman & Co, Inc., Shep ran the Leggat McCall & Werner Management Company, then joined the Niles Company, and later Byrne McKinney Associates. Throughout his career, he served as president of the Rental Housing Association of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and president of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. He was a member of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors, regional director of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors and served on the Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. He was proud of his role in introducing a public-private partnership approach to financing low-to-moderate income housing in Boston.
Shep was committed to a number of charitable organizations over the years, the Citizens Housing and Planning Association of Massachusetts; Historic Boston (formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities); the Animal Rescue League of Boston; and Friends of Manchester Trees, Inc. He served as a trustee and Board of Governors of the New England Medical Center (now the Tufts Medical Center) and was the treasurer of the Old South Association. He also served as his Harvard class secretary for many years.
Beyond his professional life, Shep loved the outdoors, an interest that he made sure to pass onto his four children. He was a longtime tennis player and an enthusiastic golfer. He loved the ocean and enjoyed boating and sailing the waters off Massachusetts, Maine, and beyond. Ski trips to Maine and New Hampshire with family and friends were a vacation staple. Walks in the woods, skating on the local ponds, hosting lobster bakes, and clamming in Maine were all evidence of his appreciation for the beauty he found in everything.
Above all else, Shep loved spending time with family and friends. All of his travels, which he did a lot of later in life, were centered around a family activity or friend visitation. He was a good listener and a great conversationalist and his humble and unpretentious approach endeared him to many.
Funeral Service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms, MA, Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 11 a.m. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  July 31, 2017