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November 9, 2012

Friends cope with deaths of Franklin couple


“He was very interested in student success, especially students with learning disabilities,” Mark Schneider, a former assistant professor at SUNY Delhi who left this summer to become chief executive officer at Delaware County Electric Cooperative.

“Willis had a fairly keen intellect,” said Schneider, who shared an office with Brown for 5½ years. Brown also was known for helping faculty with technical problems, he said, and “coming through with helpful advice.”

“It was a point of pride for him,” Schneider said.

Brown also talked about his canoe trips and shared tips about the outdoors, and they exchanged stories about family, Schneider said.

“His pride about his family was very evident,” Schneider said. The deaths have “taken everybody by surprise,” he said.

SUNY Delhi Dean Eric Robert agreed.

“It’s difficult for us to comprehend this event,” Robert said. “Willis was a well-regarded faculty member.”

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