Edmund Graves Brown

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Edmund Graves Brown, Jr.​

(Louisiana newspaper executive)

Born March 28, 1921​
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died May 11, 2008 (aged 87)
Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana​
Occupation Newspaper executive, Monroe News Star from 1952 to 1977​
Spouse Bethia McCay Brown (married 1948-2008, his death)​

Edmund Brown, II
​ James Ewing Brown
​ Bethia Brown Bundrick
​ Donelson Taylor Brown
​ Leander Moore Brown (deceased)
​ Percy McCay ("Mac") Brown (deceased)​
Edmund, Sr., and Esther Ewing Brown​
Alma mater:
Alcee Flortier High School (New Orleans)
New Mexico Military Institute
Tulane University

Religion Presbyterian

Edmund Graves Brown, Jr. (March 28, 1921 – May 11, 2008) was an American newspaper executive and a member of the Ewing publishing family in Louisiana, begun by Robert Ewing, I. In 1952, after the deaths of two Ewing brothers, John Dunbrack Ewing, Sr. (1892-1952), and Wilson Ewing, Brown joined the management of the then family-owned Monroe News-Star in Monroe in northeastern Louisiana. He remained with The News-Star as an assistant general manager until 1977, when it was sold, along with the sister publication, the former Monroe Morning World, to the Gannett Company of Arlington, Virginia.[1]

Born in New Orleans to Edmund "Ted" Brown, Sr., originally of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and the former Esther Ewing, he had two brothers who predeceased him, Robert Ewing Brown and Toulmin Hunter Brown, both from Pass Christian, Mississippi, east of New Orleans. He graduated from Alcee Fortier High School in New Orleans and the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He was commissioned in the United States Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, witnessed the close of the war at Ludwigslust on the Elbe River, and served in Germany during Allied occupation. After the war, he continued his studies at Tulane University in New Orleans before he launched his newspaper career at The New Orleans Times-Picayune. At Tulane, he met and married in 1948 the former Bethia "Bitza" McCay (1926-2016).[2][3]

Brown was an active sportsman in fishing, golf, and snow skiing and was alos involved in genealogy and gardening. He was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, Bayou DeSiard Country Club, the Monroe Little Theater, and the Boston and Louisiana Clubs of New Orleans.[1]

In addition to his wife, he was survived by four children, Edmund Brown, III of Houston, Texas, James Ewing Brown of Lafayette, Louisiana, Bethia Brown Bundrick of Shreveport, and Donelson Taylor Brown of Monroe, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Two sons predeceased him: Leander Moore Brown and Percy McCay ("Mac") Brown.[2]

A memorial service was held three days after his death at the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, where Brown was an active member.[1]​ Brown was the third veteran Louisiana newspaperman to have died in a two-month period. Joe D. Smith, Jr. and Cecil Williams, both formerly with the Alexandria Town Talk, died on March 20 and April 30, respectively.​

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Former News-Star executive Edmund Brown dies. The Shreveport Times (May 13, 2008; no longer on-line).
  2. 2.0 2.1 thenewsstar.com Edmund Graves Brown, Jr.. Monroe News Star (May 13, 2008; no longer on-line).
  3. Bethia "Bitza" McCay Brown obituary. Mulhearn Funeral Home in Monroe, Louisiana (December 7, 2016).