Jean Haws Brown, 89, died peacefully in hospice care at Merwick care center on Friday, Aug. 12. A sudden two-week bout of pneumonia and respiratory failure foiled her plan to stick it out through December to see a grandson, Ray, graduate from Mercer County Community College with honors in math and science courses.
Jean was born in Stamford and raised in in Greenwich, Conn. She was educated at Rosemary Hall and Miss Hall's before graduating from Smith College in 1948. At Smith she was No. 1 in her class freshman year, and Phi Beta Kappa based on sophomore year grades, spending a junior year abroad in postwar Europe.
Golf, gardening and travel gave a great deal of pleasure to Jean, a longtime member of Springdale Golf Club. She was fearless and thorough in a quiet way. In her 70s she was photographed with a long green snake around her neck at a snake charmer's stall in Tangiers. In her 80s she allowed both of her teenage grandsons to live with her in her home (one at a time) so they could attend Princeton High School. Both graduated.
She is survived by her daughter Gay Miller of New York City and son Peter Miller of Honolulu; grandsons Brian Ray Miller of Princeton and Sean Charles Miller of Tokyo; her sister Gabriella Woese of Atlanta and her brother Robert Haws of Kaneohe, Hawaii. She was predeceased by her parents, Gabriella Spooner Dunn and Henry Ernst Haws.
Her ashes will be buried in Trinity-All Saints' cemetery with those of her second husband, George Brown, and her deceased son Douglas Haws Miller.
In lieu of flowers or a service, donations may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.