Biography of Ronald and Isabelle Brown

Ronald Brown (b.1900-2003) and Isabelle Brown (1911-1998) were community activists in Cleveland, Ohio, involved in local, national, and international social and philanthropic agencies. Ronald Brown was born in Chicago, Illinois, but was raised and educated in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Dartmouth College during World War I, and returned to Cleveland to take law, management, and accounting courses at night. When he was a sales manager at the Arco Company, he met William C. Treuhaft and Elmer C. Hann; in 1928 they founded Tremco Manufacturing Company where Brown was a vice-president. After retiring from the company in 1960 he became a management consultant in Cleveland Heights until 1980. Brown was the author of From Selling to Managing: Guidelines for the First-Time Sales Manager (New York: American Management Association, 1990, c. 1968). His volunteer and philanthropic activities included work for the Jewish Big Brothers Association of Cleveland, the Citizen's Advisory Board to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, the Ohio Department on Aging, and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education. Isabelle Gup Brown was born in Mobile Alabama, attended Goucher College and graduated from Case Western Reserve University. She married Ronald Brown in 1934. Active in the Cleveland Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, she served as president of that organization, honorary vice-president of the national group, and president of the International Council of Jewish Women. She was the first chair of the Women's Organization of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, served on the national executive council of the American Jewish Committee, and was the first chair of the Greater Cleveland Women's Committee for Civil Rights. In 1969 she received the Hannah G. Solomon award from the National Council of Jewish Women, and in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award from the United Appeal of Greater Cleveland.