Newell Wayne Bown
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Newell Wayne Bown was born in Provo, Utah on 11 May 1907. He grew up in Provo, although he spent his summers on the ranch and acquired a love for nature. He was the studious one of the family, but he enjoyed debate and stock judging. He liked botany, and his brother Casey says Newell took his bug and plant collecting kits with him when he went out on the range.
Newell studied business administration at BYU and became business manager of the Y News. His friends described him thus: "...he was a gentleman in behavior and activity, inclined almost to shyness, but determined in what he decided to do." He also enjoyed basketball, skiing, and ice skating.
Newell graduated in 1930 from BYU, and with several friends, he moved to New York City, New York to pursue a career. His first job was with Western Union, but he spent most of his career with American Surety Company.
On February 14, 1931, he married his college sweetheart, Jennie Winona Brimhall, at the office of the local L.D.S. mission president. They had two children, Marjorie Mary and Robert Newell.
Newell became Regional Claims Manager for American Surety Company, New York Casualty, and Surety Fire Insurance Company. He was also president of the New York City Claim Managers Council.
In about 1941, Newell began evening courses in law from St. John's University. He was the first in his class for three years, and then his health deteriorated, but he still graduated with honors and was accepted by the New York Bar in 1945. He used his training in his capacity as Claim Manager at first, but he subsequently founded the law firm of Bown, Braham and Koehler. He also maintained his other affiliations. His co-workers remember him for his fine mind and integrity.
When they first lived in New York, Newell and Jennie enjoyed owning a cabin boat called the "Indra 13" to explore the New York waterways. Later, they moved to Long Island. Newell took up gardening in an imaginative and dedicated fashion. He added onto their house and began an interest in cabinetry and furniture making. He also enjoyed deep-sea fishing, and lake fishing in the Catskills and Adirondack mountains. He liked history and opera, and was always eager to learn new things.
In later years, he and Jennie moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and they enjoyed the historical treasures of that area.
Newell was troubled with asthma and allergies for much of his adult life. Medical treatments for his condition were not well well developed at this period in time, and the dangers of high, prolonged doses of cortisone were not understood. Subsequently, the use of this steroid led to premature arterial disease, and his death. He passed away at home on 24 June 1966 at the young age of 59.