Mar 29, 2018

Obituary: Lawrence David Brown, 1940–2018

Larry Brown and Linda Zhao at Oberwolfach (photo: MFO)

Former IMS President Lawrence D. Brown died peacefully on February 21, 2018, at the age of 77. Larry preserved his unfailing fortitude and good humor to his last day.

Larry was born on Dec. 16, 1940, in Los Angeles, CA. He earned his PhD in mathematics from Cornell in 1964, then taught at UC Berkeley, Cornell and Rutgers, until in 1994 he moved to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; he taught his last course there as the Miers Busch Professor of Statistics last fall.

One of the leading statisticians of his generation, he was the recipient of many honors, including devoted service as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the presidency of the IMS, and an honorary doctorate from Purdue University. He was much loved by his colleagues and his students.

Larry’s passion for his work was matched by his devotion to his family. His wife Linda Zhao [pictured with him, above right] survives him, as do five children and 19 grandchildren, and his two brothers.

A full obituary will follow.


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