Philip Tate Brown

Jan. 21, 1931 - Nov. 19, 2017

Philip W. Tate Brown, who spent summers in East Hampton through the early 1960s, died on Nov. 19 in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 86 and had been in poor health, said his brother, Anthony C. Brown of East Hampton. 

Mr. Brown, who was called Tate, was an executive at the BBDO advertising agency who later opened the Washington Nursery in Washington, Conn., where he also chaired the board of trustees at the Rumsey Hall School and helped found the American Indian Archaeological Institute. He was a member of the Maidstone Club here, a member of the  Columbus Beach Club in Indian River, Mich., and helped found the Churchill School in New York City. 

Born on Jan. 21, 1931, in New York City to Phillip Wilson Brown and the former Aralene Miller, he grew up in New York City and Scarsdale, N.Y.

He graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut in 1949 and from Yale University in 1953, and served in the Marine Corps for two years, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. 

Mr. Brown married the former Helene Kinnucan in 1959, with whom he had three children. She died in 1977, and he later married the former Nancy Burke, who died in 2006. He and his second wife moved to the Phoenix area, and after her death he moved to Montecito, Calif., with his son Monte Tate Brown, who died in 2015.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by a son, Dwyer Phillip Brown of St. Louis,  and a daughter, Daryl Brown Uber of New York City. He also leaves a stepdaughter, Nicole Barry, and four grandsons. 

A memorial service is to be held on Jan. 8 at the Rumsey Hall School. Contributions have been suggested to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, 512 East Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93103.