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Augie Brown Memorial Service

The Explorers Club will hold a special memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of August "Augie" Brown MN’97 at Club Headquarters on Friday, September 14th. The Club has a long-standing tradition of honoring those members who have gone on to higher exploration. Before a roaring fire, in the historic Clark Room, members and guests will toast Augie with a glass of whiskey (or another libation) and toss their glass into the open fire.

Augie graduated from Bowling Green University and then received his Masters degree from Columbia University. Everyone referred to him as the "Marlboro Man." He did one Marlboro ad, but Marlboro picked an older man instead of the then 27-year-old Augie to do the series. Since the rugged cowboy look was "in" it propelled Augie's career in modeling & TV commercials. He was one of ten male models to open the men's division of Ford Modeling Agency. His career lasted over 40 years - a rare feat in modeling - and included thousands of print ads, plus hundreds of TV commercials and voice overs. He was affectionately referred to as the "Babe Ruth of Male Models."

Augie's passion for the ocean began with his love of free diving. His favorite spot was the treacherous waters of the Race at the eastern end of Long Island around Montauk. He was the first ever free diver admitted to the Club, in 1997. A member of the Club's Legacy Society Committee, he also served the South Florida chapter as vice chair, program director, and drove new membership.

Brown also presented seminars on blue water free diving. What brought him the most joy was mentoring and teaching his daughter Robin free diving techniques and diving together. He and his wife Grace also enjoyed adventures together traveling the world. He deeply loved his family and was so proud of their individual accomplishments. He was a friendly generous man who had a vast array of friends who he cherished. He lived life to the fullest and lived by his saying "you can't beat fun no matter how hard you try."

He is survived by his wife Grace of 58 years, daughter Robin (Scott) Holloway, and grandchildren Paul and Elizabeth of New Hampshire.

Donations can be made to The Explores Club, C/O Augie Brown Memorial Fund, 46 East 70 Street, New York, NY. 10021. Online condolences can be shared at Arrangements entrusted to Edwards Cremation & Funeral Services, Wilton Manors.

Date: Friday, September 14th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

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