Kenneth Blair Brown passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 in Hobbs, New Mexico at the age of 73.
Kenneth was born on September 2, 1943 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Kenneth graduated high school from House, New Mexico in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Science from Eastern New Mexico University in 1965, a Master of Arts from the University of Arkansas and a Master's of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri Kansas City.
Kenneth was a lifelong learner and educator, teaching at colleges and universities in Rhode Island, Missouri, Kansas, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and New Mexico.
While his teaching career took him many places Hobbs, New Mexico truly won his heart. Over the past twelve years Kenneth was a professor at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM.
Kenneth was the backbone and a key member of the Community Playhouse family, building sets and sharing his love of theatre. He enjoyed teaching people how to drive and visiting family at their ranch outside of Fort Sumner, NM. Kenneth was an avid reader, mentor and friend.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Scott Brown of Farmington, NM and mother, Kathlene Welch Brown of Plainview, TX and grandparents G.R. and Mattie Brown of Hobbs, NM, and Jim and Neda Welch of Taiban, NM. Kenneth is survived by: his three daughters, Connie Brown of Tampa, FL, Kathlene Brown of Austin, TX, and Rachel Brown of Richmond, VA, his Aunt Ann Hodges of Norman, OK, his two sisters, Carolyn Kitchens and Sondra Jack both of Taiban, NM, local cousins Harold Brown and Doranne Sims of Hobbs, NM, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.
I just learned of Ken's passing! We were friends and roommates during my early years at ENMU!
Dan ClarkCarlsbad, CA
After exhausting flight from Nepal to US and then drive to University of SouthWest back in 2008, Mr. Brown was there to welcome us who made sure we had everything we needed. From that day on, he helped us transitioning into new place, culture, rules, and all the challenges that came along. Back in 2009, Mr. Brown was working on setting up the stage for his play at USW. He asked me to go to every row and every corner seats on audience side to make sure everyone sees the specific paint at the background. He was diligent and caring person. I am honored and blessed to have known him. May his soul rest in peace. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Dipendra HumagainAlbuquerque, NM
Although I work at the University of the Southwest, I did not know Ken very well. I would see him from time to time at different events and noticed that he was always kind and had a smile on his face. I love hearing the stories of his compassionate and caring heart. I know he will be missed by those closest to him. May the God of Love comfort you in the coming days and months as you grieve the loss of your loved one. I know he is at peace in the wonderful arms of the Lord and suffers no more.
Rhonel McBeeHobbs, NM
Kenneth was an extremely talented man with a huge heart. He was a gift to the arts in our community and his presence will be sorely missed. There are so many throughout the years who were touched by his expertise and his passion for the arts. His legacy will live on in all those who studied under him. I'm glad to have known him and my deepest sympathies and prayers go out to his family and friends during this time. God bless.
Summer RickmanHobbs, NM
I am so very saddened by Kenneth's passing. I have known and worked with him for many years and found him to be a sincere and caring person. He made many contributions to the students of the university and he will be missed. Kenneth was a unique individual and his passing is a loss to the university and the larger Lea County community as a whole.
Marianne WestbrookHobbs, NM