Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Leo Maxwell Brown

The Rev. Leo Maxwell Brown was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, on 25 February 1915, the son of Elmer Lewis and Mable Grace (Ledgerwood) Brown. He received a degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti in 1939, and studied theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, graduating in 1943, the same year he was ordained both a deacon and priest. He married Catherine Mary Woodward on 28 June 1941. He was rector of St. Andrew's in Taft, California, from 1943 to 1945. He then became priest-in-charge of St. Thomas Church in Avenal, California, from 1944 to 1945, holding several diocesan offices. He came to Michigan after World War II, serving at Good Shepherd in Allegan from 1945 to 1950, as well as priest-in-charge of St. Francis in Orangeville, Michigan, from 1946 to 1950. He then moved to Coldwater to become rector of St. Mark's from 1950 to 1960, during which time he helped organize Holy Family Church in Angola, Indiana. He moved to Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1963 as rector of St. Matthias, remaining there until 1980. During these years he taught classes at Nashotah House. In 1980 he returned to Indiana as vicar of Holy Family in Angola, remaining there until his retirement in 1985. He then moved back to Wisconsin, where he served various interim rectorships. He died in Madison, Wisconsin, on 13 January 2004 and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.


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