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Andrew Frederick David Brown, Age: 80
Dec 23, 1939 - May 13, 2020


Andrew Frederick David Brown, 80, was born December 23, 1939 in Plattsburg, New York to Lewis and Lena Brown. He died on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital East with the love of his life and wife Mary Anne by his side. Andrew’s two sons Mark (Felisa) and Aaron (Janet) survive along with 6 grandchildren and two stepchildren (James Earl Drake, Jr. and Laura Jean Reed.) Music and playing the oboe was a large part of Andrew’s life and career. In 1961 he received a BS degree in Music Education from Ithaca College. Further education included an MS in Music Education from Butler University in 1963 and a DMA in Oboe Performance in 1973 from the University of Iowa. Dr. Brown taught vocal and instrumental (oboe) music at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) from 1963 to 1993. He became a full time Professor of Music in 1977. In the Warrensburg community, Andrew formed and conducted the Warrensburg Community Chorus for twenty years. As a member of the Double Reed Society he was a leader and member in local music happenings. He performed at two international Double Reed conventions.


Andrew was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Lena Brown and his older brother Christopher. His is survived by a sister, Margaret Lois Boncer. Other survivors include his grandchildren Samantha and Zachary Brown (parents Mark and Felisa Brown) and Zoe and Abby Brown (parents Aaron and Janet Brown.) Other significant survivors include his step grandchildren Sarah and Jessica Reed who called him Grandy. Andrew enjoyed classical music, gardening (as a Master Gardener), traveling, the great outdoors and photography. Please send memorial donations to the Kansas City Symphony, Harvesters, or the Andrew Frederick David Brown fund at UCM, Alumni Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093. That reminds me of a joke…


Additional Service:
Services at Later Date


Mike and Jan Powers May 19 ,2020

Friends ,Warrensburg ,Missouri

Mike and I were talking last evening about how long our friendship had lasted. We rarely saw him in the past few years, however when we did it was like we had seen him yesterday and were just finishing a conversation. He and his music will be greatly missed.

Debra Brown Wiehl May 19 ,2020

Neice ,Cleveland ,New York

Andrew was “uncle Dave” to me. He gave me my first clarinet and was influential to me as my career was also teaching music, playing bassoon, and woodwind instruments in general. His family legacy continued on to my four children who are all musical. Each of them are outstanding singers, and play French horn, oboe, bassoon, and cello ( and other instruments). He knew that my middle daughter, Lindsey, studied bassoon through college, but I don’t think that he knew that she received her doctorate in bassoon performance and music composition just this month from Ball State University in Indiana. I’m sure that he was a positive leader to many others as well. Heaven just gained a “greatoboist” indeed. Love you, uncle Dave....😇

Sheree Moody May 19 ,2020

Former student ,Warrensburg ,Missouri

To the family of my dear Dr. Brown, blessings to you each as you remember him.

Dean Davison May 23 ,2020

Former student ,Louisburg ,Kansas

I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Brown was a very kind man, wonderful teacher, and great oboist. He was one of my instructors at CMSU. I studied flute and double reeds with him and was also in the men's chorus under his direction. He will be greatly missed. His oboe playing was absolutely beautiful!

Russ Klement May 24 ,2020

Student at CMSU ,Lee's Summit ,Missouri

Dr. Brown was an excellent teacher and one of few professors that was funny, authentic, and relateoboe to people on campus. I saw him on a few occasions when he was performing in the KC area. He was always an encouragement to both music majors and others that loved singing. He will be missed.

Kathryn House May 27 ,2020

Friend ,Holden ,Missouri

So many fond memories of my times with Andy and my sweet friend and mentor, Mary Anne. He had so many talents, from his music, to his gardening. He was a true gentleman and an amazing person. Rest in peace, sweet Andy. The music in heaven is just a little more beautiful now.