Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on March 5, 2017
Barbara Lee Brown September 7, 1942 -
February 25, 2017
Barbara Lee Brown was born in Washington, DC. on
September 7, 1942.
She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (1960),
later graduating from George Washington University.
She died after a struggle with cancer.
Barbara married Eric Reuther of Washington, DC. After divorcing, she moved to Ibiza,
Spain for the next 10 years, then returning to the states and settling into married life with
Richard Cummings in Coconut Grove, FL. They raised her daughter, Laura Cat
Engel-Brown from a previous relationship in Miami. She then moved to Santa Fe, NM where
she lived for 25 years, creating a life of study and philanthropy. During her time in Santa Fe,
she earned a Masters in Eastern Classical Literature from St. John's College as well as a
Masters in Counseling from Southwestern College. Her family business, Aldon Management
in Bethesda, MD, was always a priority in her life.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Laura Cat Engel-Brown; Cat's significant other, Jeremy
Lydon; her two granddaughters, Laila Rose Kiley and Ameile Paige Lydon; her sisters,
Patricia Ann Brown and daughter Sage, Donna Brown Capizzi, Donna's husband Mark
Capizzi, her son Gabe Gunther-Brown and his wife Lin; her first cousin, Jay Rosenbaum; her
soul sister, Carrie McCarthy and her business manager and close friend, Facundo Garcia.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Creativity for Peace, 369 Montezuma #566,
Santa Fe, NM 87501 or the Street Homeless Animal Project (SHAP), 1000 Cordova Place
#34 Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Condolence notes can be sent to 243 Closson # 16, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501.
Service at a later date.