Brown, Harry
Wadsworth, OH

Harry D. Brown, 67, of Wadsworth, passed away Friday, August 31, 2012. He was born on June 29, 1945, in Akron to the late Harry F. and Ann Brown. Harry was a graduate of Copley High School, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, and his Master’s Degree from the University of Akron. He was retired from Wadsworth High School where he taught Health, Physical Education, and Swimming. Harry started the WHS Swimming and Diving team and coached the team for 13 years. He was a member of the National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA). He was the 1965 National and World Champion, and toured Japan, Finland, Russia, Sweden, England, and Holland. In 1968 he had the honor of performing at the Rose Bowl. Harry judged world and national competitions for over 20 years and was inducted into the NBTA International Hall of Fame.
Harry loved to teach and work with kids whether in the classroom or teaching baton. He also had a passion for fostering rescue dogs. His smile was infectious and complimented his huge heart.
Harry is survived by his wife Karen with whom he celebrated 32 years of marriage, two daughters Brittany (Michael) Rogers of Charles Town, WV and Ashley (Benjamin) LeFevre of Cleveland. He is also survived by his siblings Carol Shaar of Medina, James (Tracy) Brown and Susan (Tom) Fister all of Copley, sisters-in-law Kim Stimack and Kathy (George) VanDoros, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
To know Harry was to LOVE Harry!
The family will receive friends 4-8 PM Thursday at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St. Wadsworth where a memorial service will be conducted at 8:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Berea Animal Rescue Fund, P.O. BOX 544, Berea, OH 44017 or to the Wadsworth High School Swimming program to assist students with pay to play fees.