In Memoriam: Lisle G. Brown


Lisle G. Brown, longtime curator of Special Collections in the Morrow Library, died June 14 in Huntington. He had served as he curator for more than 40 years, since 1972.

Prior to coming to Marshall he was a manuscripts librarian, stacks manager and student assistant at the University of Utah.  He was featured in more than 20 publications, including “West Virginia:  A Historical Resource Guide” and a variety of research reviews.  He served on the West Virginia Historic records Advisory Board.

He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Fine Arts in painting and drawing, earned a M.A. of Library Science from the University of Oregon, a M.A. in history and religious studies from Marshall and completed an internet specialization program, also at Marshall.

Dr. Monica Brooks, assistant vice president for Information Technology: Online Learning and Libraries, was quoted in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch as saying that Brown was the “driving force behind creation and development of the Special Collections,” helping locate a variety of collections that were unique to the Huntington, Marshall and Tri-State area.  “His dedication to preserving and providing materials that enrich the scholarly and historical endeavors of the students, faculty and residents of this region is unparalleled –we are reeling from his tremendous loss.”

His service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Huntington. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church.