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Thomas R. Brown, 66; CCS Grad, Power-Generation Engineer

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas R. Brown, 66;

CCS Grad, Power-Generation Engineer

Tom Brown

COOPERSTOWN – Thomas Raymond Brown, 66, of Ithaca, who grew up in Cooperstown and went on to an engineering career in power generation, passed away at home on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, with his loving wife and daughters by his side, following his courageous battle with brain cancer.

Tom was born in Stamford on April 13, 1951, to Raymond S. Brown and Frida Norberg Brown. Following his childhood in South Kortright, the Brown family moved to Cooperstown in 1964. There Tom attended Cooperstown Central School, graduating in the Class of 1969.

He then attended SUNY Potsdam and graduated with a bachelor’s with honors in economics.

Anne Bookhout, 68; Founded Ithaca Public Health Agency

IN MEMORIAM: Anne Bookhout, 68;

Founded Ithaca Public Health Agency

Ann Bookhout
Anne Bookhout

ONEONTA – Anne Bookhout, an Oneonta native who, with an Ivy League education and a nursing degree from Hartwick College, launched a county-wide public health agency in Tompkins County, died unexpectedly May 28 at her Brooktondale horse farm.  She was 68.

Bookhout was born March 23, 1948, in Oneonta, the fourth child of Judge Richard J. and Florence Fieg Bookhout.  She attended Bugbee School and Oneonta public schools, graduating from Oneonta High School in 1966 and from Cornell University in 1970.  She worked in various capacities in the healthcare field in Oneonta after receiving a nursing degree from Hartwick College.

In 1984 she returned to Cornell to earn a master’s in healthcare administration. Anne then founded a key city-county public health agency, Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County, serving 20 years as chief executive officer.

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