Obituary for Lennie Brown

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Lennie Brown

June 4, 1946 - October 2, 2020


Lennie Brown died October 2 at age 74. She was born June 4, 1946 in Bellevue, Ohio to Clifford Egan and Althea (Kern) Egan. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1964 and received her B.A. from Kent State University.

 

Along with her husband, Lennie founded Columbus Monthly magazine in 1975, which later became CM Media.  CM Media published magazines and newspapers, including Suburban News Publications, The Other Paper, Columbus CEO, Cincinnati Magazine and many other publications. Lennie was responsible for editorial operations for all of CM Media’s publications, but specifically devoted her efforts to Columbus Monthly, where she served as the magazine’s editor for 32 years.

 

She is survived by Max Brown, her husband of 52 years, her daughter Michelle Brown, son-in-law Dan Hostetler, and grandson Owen Hostetler. There will be no services. To leave a remembrance or to post condolences to the family, please visit www.buckeyecremation.com

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Laura Messerly posted on November 6, 2020

Dear Max, Michelle, and family--I'm so very sorry to learn of your loss, and I pray for your comfort. Working with Lennie at the magazine was an absolute delight for me for nine years. I have so very many fond memories of working with her. The world has lost a wonderful woman.


Janeen Nichols posted on October 29, 2020

Max, Michelle and family . . . I am so sorry to hear of Lennie's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. - Janeen


Janeen Nichols posted on October 28, 2020

Max, Michelle and family . . . I am so deeply, deeply sorry to hear of Lenny's passing. All of you are in my thoughts and heart.


The Bradstreet’s posted on October 23, 2020

Dear Max, Michelle, Dan and Owen, We are so sorry to hear about Lennie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You have such a special family and you all mean the world to us. Please let us know if we can help in any way.


Ben & Amanda Kerns posted on October 19, 2020

Max, Michell, Dan and Owen, so very sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace and be remembered forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Robert Bethke posted on October 12, 2020

Max, you and extended family in my thoughts for loss. I only got to know Lennie too briefly, during our collective work together in celebration of Eagle Point Club Centennial. She, along with you, were central to the success of the events we held. The publications you issued, along with gracious visits to your historic home, for which EPC indebted. Bob Bethke EPC historian


Stephen Lilly posted on October 12, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Max. The two of you have done so much for local journalism and this community. Peace to your family.


Kay Wright & Ed Machado posted on October 11, 2020

Dear Max & Michele; How sad to hear of Lennie's untimely passing. Please accept our sincere sympathy and know that your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Rheta Gallagher posted on October 7, 2020

Max, Michelle and family. My condolences. I very much enjoyed working with Lennie and the Brown family during the CM Media days. That was the best of my career and we all have good memories of top quality work, good friends, fun and laughs from that time in our lives. Those were the days. Sending you positive thoughts. Rheta


Lute Harmon Sr posted on October 6, 2020

Max I was so sorry to hear about Lennie.It has been a long time since we have seen each other or talked but I feel a special bond between us as pioneers who took a number of arrows in helping city magazines take hold.I am so happy that you followed my advice in not starting a magazine in Columbus,a market much too small.You could have ended up a poor publisher like the rest of us. You and Lennie have made a real difference in a profession we have spent our lives believing in its importance.My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.Be well. Lute Harmon Sr


Terry King posted on October 6, 2020

Max, Jane and I are sorry to learn of Lennie’s passing. I understand her quality of life in the past year had been declining and trust you can take comfort in knowing she is now in a better place. We continue to think of you in this difficult time.


Patricia Groseck posted on October 5, 2020

Oh Max, I'm so terribly sorry about Lennie. She was kind and brilliant and a perfect partner in your exceptional efforts to give the little guys and underdogs a voice in this community. God bless. Pat Groseck


Paulie Thill posted on October 5, 2020

Dear Max, Michelle, Dan and Owen, Please know my heart was broken to hear of Lennie’s passing. I always loved hearing all the stories that Dave would tell of their childhood growing up together. She was one very talented, loving and respected lady that will be greatly missed. My prayers, love and sympathy to all of you. RIP Sweet Lennie Love, Paulie


Randy Randolph posted on October 5, 2020

Our sincere condolences to you and your family Max. Our prayers are with you. Randy and Chris Randolph


Terry Miller posted on October 5, 2020

Martha and I mourn the loss of Lennie, who was bright, kind and noble. We value our memories of many evenings with Lennie and Max during which the world's problems were solved conclusively. Max and the entire Brown family have our deepest sympathy.


T.R. Massey posted on October 5, 2020

Max I’m sorry to hear about Lennie. It’s tough and I know your family is struggling with it but I hope there is some peace awaiting you.


Mary Frederich posted on October 4, 2020

Max and Michelle, I'm sending my condolences and sympathy. Lennie was such a special lady and I always enjoyed talking with her. I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Morgan Frederich


Alan Berzow posted on October 4, 2020

Max, My condolences to you and the entire Brown family. May Lennie‘s memory be for a blessing.


Karen Simonian posted on October 4, 2020

My deepest condolences to Max and Michelle. Lennie was a class act who quietly made an impact on the city (and she offered me my first "real" journalism job!). I have fond memories of conversations with her, including moments when she'd pop in with a thought or question, almost always preceded by her signature "Say,...."


Kitty McConnell French and Ben French posted on October 4, 2020

Our condolences to Max, Michelle, and all of Mrs. Brown’s family and friends. Her legacy lives on through her work, and our family is grateful to have had the opportunity to begin our careers (and our life together) working for her publications.


Pete Maurer posted on October 4, 2020

Max, I am truly sorry for the loss of your wife and Connie and I send our prayers to you and your family. We also have been married 52 years and I am hanging in there for 75. With love and deep sympathy. Pete & Connie Maurer Go VHS class of 61


Jack Kustron posted on October 4, 2020

Max and family - you have my deepest sympathy. I enjoyed working with Lennie and now, 25 years later, still remember her fondly. May the Perpetual Light shine upon her.


Linda Siders posted on October 4, 2020

Max, So sorry for the loss of your wife. She was a very sweet lady. We will always remember seeing the two of you having dinner almost every night at the club. Our thoughts will be with you and your family during this difficult time. Paul and Linda Siders


Timothy J Kurtz posted on October 3, 2020

So sorry for your loss of a lifetime partner. Our thoughts are with you at this time.


Claire Hatcher posted on October 3, 2020

Max and family, I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. I pray God will comfort you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Claire Bradshaw Hatcher


Kenneth Holland posted on October 3, 2020

Out thughts and prayers are with you Max along with all of the Brown family.


Scott Blair posted on October 3, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Max and the Brown family on your loss. May her memory always be a blessing to you. Scott and Lori Blair


Becky Roley posted on October 3, 2020

Much love to you Max and Michelle. Lennie was such a special lady, I know she will be missed. -Becky Roley (Kulka)


Tom and Bonnie Ranney posted on October 3, 2020

To Max, Michelle, Dan, and Owen; Our deepest sympathy goes out to you in the loss of Lennie, a sweet, dear lady. Her passing is such a shock. She will be missed by all. Sincerely, Tom and Bonnie Ranney


Don & Joy Cooper posted on October 3, 2020

Our most sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. We know its been a rough past few years for you and the family. Your dedication to Lenine throughout this difficult time has been truly remarkable. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time.


Trevor Newland posted on October 3, 2020

So sad to have read of your wife’s passing Max. May God bless you both.


Dave Donohue posted on October 3, 2020

Rest In Peace. Prayers to the family.


Dale Laderach posted on October 2, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear of Lennie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Max, and your family during this difficult time. I did not know Lennie well, just enough to say hello whenever I would see her at Rattlesnake, always with Max. I know she was loved by all and I will miss seeing her friendly face at Rattlesnake. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.


Mike Stills posted on October 2, 2020

Mr. Brown and Michelle and Family From my family to yours we’re very sorry for your loss and pass along our thoughts and prayers.


John and Debbie Connell posted on October 2, 2020

Max, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may all your memories comfort you. John and Debbie Connell


Dave Christensen posted on October 2, 2020

Deepest condolences, shared sorrow, and support to Max, family, and friends.


Paul and Barb McMullen posted on October 2, 2020

We are so sorry to read about Lennie. I always enjoyed talking with her while you and Paul talked about golf. I will miss seeing her with you at dinner. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family


Craig Brown posted on October 2, 2020

So sorry to hear about the loss of Lennie today. Our thoughts are with Max, his family and many friends. Craig and Emilie Brown


Rick Rano posted on October 2, 2020

The Rano family would like to extend our condolences to the entire Brown family. She was a tremendous woman!


Rick Rano posted on October 2, 2020

The Rano family would like to extend our condolences to the entire Brown family. She was a tremendous woman!


Scott Funk posted on October 2, 2020

Max, Karen and I are send our condolences and sympathy for your loss. Lennie was very kind to us when we'd enjoy our dinners at Rattlesnake... especially when we were new members and didn't know many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely Scott and Karen Funk


 


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