Ithaka: A Tribute to Robert E. Brown (1927-2005)

Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter, January 2006

A tribute to Robert E. Brown, founder of the Center for World Music, who passed away in November, 2005 . . .

Bob viewed himself as an unconventional guide—a maverick leading the way for others toward a life of meaning, morality, and beauty through resourcefulness, courage, and persistence. Those of us who knew Bob well viewed him as a clever thinker, an eloquent speaker, a gifted writer, and a tireless champion for his ideal of a fully lived life: meaningful accomplishments, correct action, and appreciation of beauty.

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