Robert Curtis Brown


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Robert Curtis Brown, 92, formerly of Hinsdale, died Oct. 2, 2023.

He was born in Isabella, Penn., in 1931 and grew up in Peoria. He attended the University of Illinois on a Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship, graduating in 1953. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force and served two years on active duty. After the service, he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1959.

During his long career in the municipal and government bond markets, Mr. Brown was employed by the Northern Trust Co. in Chicago, the First National Bank of Chicago and Norwest Bank in Minneapolis. He retired in 1991 as an executive vice president and head of the Capital Markets Group of Norwest Corp. (now Wells Fargo & Co.).

He was active in industry affairs, serving variously as chairman of the Municipal Securities Rule Making Board in Washington, D.C. and The Bond Market Association headquartered in New York City. In retirement he served as a director of the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corp. and the Wells Fargo Mutual Funds.

He loved golf and was an active member of Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota, Fla., and the Hinsdale Golf Club. He also enjoyed working with kids in the Church of the Palms tutoring program.

All who knew Bob will miss his "joie de vivre" and gentlemanly ways and are thankful to have been a part of his life.

Mr. Brown is survived by his daughters, Jean (Jeff) Gallagher, Lisa (Frank) Benages, and Nancy Brown; his five grandchildren, Katie (Matt) Gold, Kristen (Eric) Moravcik, Carolyn (Kyle) Dress, Dan (Rosie) Gallagher and Kerry Gallagher; and his six great-grandchildren, Camryn and Jack Gold, Sadie and Mason Moravcik, Jonah Gallagher and Hallie Dress.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tidewell Hospice Foundation, 3550 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239 (; or Evans Scholars Foundation, 2501 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60626-8022 ( or a charity of your choice.


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