Mary Scull Brown
Mary Scull Brown
  • March 25, 1916 - July 8, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Mary Scull Brown parted this life peacefully after 101 years on July 8, 2017. She is predeceased by her husband, Willard Brown, and stepson, Barton Brown. She is survived by her children, James Brown (Leanne) of Tampa, FL, John Brown of Boulder, Colorado, and Katharine Brown (Fred White) of St. Augustine, FL, a stepson, Bowman Brown (Melanie) of Coral Gables, FL, 5 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, and 1 step great-grandchild.

Mary was the only child of Ray Scull and Dr. J. Ralph Jacoby, a neurophysician who graduated from Harvard University at age 16, and from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons at age 19. Born and raised in New York City, NY, Mary graduated from St. Agatha’s School for Girls (’34) and Barnard College (’38), and began a graduate program at Columbia University before the war. During the war years, she worked for Naval Intelligence in the Office of Cable and Radio Censor, and in the years after the war, on the editorial staff of the Columbia Alumni News, when she met her husband, Willard Brown, and married in 1948. Mary and Willard moved to Coral Gables in 1950, had twin sons, James and John, and daughter, Katharine.

MaryScull, as she was known to friends, spent most of her life in the service of others through volunteerism, and, charity and community work. MaryScull was an integral part of the Coral Gables society. She served wholeheartedly for many years as a member of and on the board of several organizations, including, but not limited to, the Coral Gables Women’s Club, Greater Miami & The Keys branch of American Red Cross, Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs, National Episcopal Church Women, Church Periodical Club, Zonta Club of Greater Miami, and, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.

MaryScull was a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and was a member and officer of the South Dade Parliamentary Unit, the Florida State Association of Parliamentarians, and the National Association of Parliamentarians. She provided her parliamentary expertise wherever she could, including mentoring high schoolers for parliamentary competitions.

She volunteered for the American Red Cross through the Greater Miami & The Keys branch, often working on disaster preparedness and services for military families.

Mary joined the Coral Gables Women’s Club in 1958 and was honored by the CGWC Circle of Friends in 2011 when she moved to Tampa to live closer to family.

MaryScull moved to Brookdale Bayshore (Grand Court) in Tampa, FL in 2011, where she enjoyed painting, knitting, and especially her frequent visits to Mad Dog’s, Ciccio’s and other local favorites with her son James and his family.

MaryScull will be deeply missed for her zest for life. She lived every day to the fullest and always appreciated the simpler things in life. She continued to drive to her home in Key Largo every weekend until the ripe age of 95, and it is there that she will rest peacefully.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any of Mary’s favorite organizations.