Rozie Brown, Supervisor Candidate’s Mother, Dies





The mother of Broward Supervisor of Elections candidate David Brown died Saturday morning after a battle with cancer.

Rosalind “Rozie” Belle Schwartz Brown of Weston was 93.


Roz Brown

Rozie Brown


David Brown is challenging long-time Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes in the August Democratic primary.  A veteran Broward businessman and political strategist, David Brown spent much time in recent days off the campaign trail because of his mother’s illness.

Rosalind Brown was born in 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pa and was a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh.

During WWII she was a civilian employee in the Defense Department’s Army Intelligence Branch in Washington, D.C.

After the war Rozie and her husband Sidney Brown lived in Philadelphia. She began her 30-year teaching career in the Philadelphia public schools, while he was a sports writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In 1946, Sidney Brown opened an advertising specialties firm in Philadelphia.

The couple moved to Weston in 1996 after spending many winters in Bonaventure as snowbirds.

Rozie was a championship golfer, avid reader, and world traveler who enjoyed current events and political involvement.  She also took great pleasure in the accomplishments of her children and grand and great-grandchildren, according to an obituary prepared by the family.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Sidney, 94. She is also survived by son David and his wife, Dr. Laurie Gordon Brown, an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine and daughter, Patty Brown Carlis, who lives in Allentown, Pa., is a former Muhlenberg College Instructor and children’s theater camp owner and her husband, Dr. Ian Carlis, a dentist in Allentown, PA. She had four grandchildren — Jessica Brown and Jay, Dr. Scott and Ben Carlis, and six great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather at the Home of David and Dr. Laurie Brown at 1042 S. Southlake Dr. Hollywood, FL 33019 on Wednesday and Thursday, July 6 & 7, from noon to 7:30pm.

Remembrances in celebration of Rozie’s wonderful life are encouraged and may be sent to the American Cancer Society or any organization of your choosing.

3 Responses to “Rozie Brown, Supervisor Candidate’s Mother, Dies”

  1. Senator Steve Geller says:

    I met her on many occasions. A really nice person, who really valued her family. My heartfelt condolences to the family. She will be missed.

  2. Bernard Parness says:

    May Kathy and I offer our sincere condolences to you and your family.

  3. Daniel says:

    Deepest Condolences from the Sohn Family.

    So so sorry David!.