Booker Tonye Washington Brown, 73, of Albany, New York, passed away on April 1, 2021.
Born in Aba city, then Eastern Nigeria on September 23, 1947, Booker T. Brown was the son of Doris Hilaria Mehile-McFoy of Equatorial Guinea and Prince Miller Brown of Rivers State, Nigeria. He grew up in Santa Isabel (present day Malabo), Equatorial Guinea, a former colony of Spain.
He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Florida where he graduated with a double major, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation and Airport Management in 1977 and as a licensed FAA private pilot. He earned his MBA in Business Administration from ERAU in 1981. He also attended McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, California from 1982-1983.
Booker was a Personnel Administrator at NYS Department of Motor Vehicle where he worked for 29 years. He previously worked for Gulf Oil, and other oil companies in various capacities in Equatorial Guinea and England as a Company Manager/Personnel Administrator/Transportation Supervisor in the 1970’s. He also studied and worked in Germany as a Business Consultant and Public Relations Liaison in the 1980’s.
At the DMV, he was the Liaison Leader for the Annual MLK Day celebrations and food drive. He earned multiple awards for working across all cultural communities including the African American Excellence Award presented by Governor Pataki. He also earned recognition for over 25 years of dedicated service to Junior Achievement.
Booker was an avid car enthusiast following his time on the Autobahn in Germany. He loved traveling across the world and had an eclectic musical taste, as well as a gift for learning languages. Booker spoke Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Creole.
He was a longtime member of The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, where he served as a Lector, member of the Cathedral chapter, and the head of the Usher’s ministry.
He met his beloved wife Victoria Brown in 1999 and married her on September 23, 2000 - He traveled everywhere with her. Booker and Vicky were best friends.
Booker Brown was someone who gave liberally without a thought of getting anything back in return. There are countless stories of his advocacy for others, and his loving support for friends and family. He shared his huge heart with so many, especially his family and all the children in his life. His laughter and stories will live forever in our hearts.
He is survived by his loving wife, Victoria Brown, his Aunt Vera Cruz Barleycorn, his Aunt Alafia Jackson, relatives; Adenike Grange, Emilia Keke Onyewuenyi, Victor Grange, Bernice Minimah, Hubert Minimah, Walter Barleycorn, Edward Barleycorn, Christy Toby, Furo Batubo, Virginia Major, Gloria Benibo, and numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, godchildren and their children. May His Soul Rest in Peace.
Calling hours: Friday April 16, 2021 from 6pm to 8pm at the Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210. Funeral service: Saturday April 17, 2021 at 10:00am at The Cathedral. Interment will follow the service at Memory Gardens, Watervliet Shaker Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations can be made to The Cathedral of All Saints in-person or online – click the Give button on the Cathedral webpage and add a comment “In memory of Booker T. Brown” or donate to the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society, 5 Computer Drive West Suite 100, Albany, NY 12205.
Gathering size, within our chapels will be based on the most current NYS occupancy requirements.
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