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Nan Brown '75

Nan Brown passed from this life on Sunday, June 23, 2013. She was surrounded by her family at her daughter’s home in San Francisco. Born Jan. 20, 1952, in New York City, Nan spent her early years in steel mill towns around the San Francisco Bay where her father, Carter Brown, was a mill worker. Her Martha Graham-trained mother, Jane Brown, taught dance to children. Growing up, Nan participated in the community hall dance recitals. Summer weeks were spent at the family mining claim in the Plumas forest of the northern Sierra, an area where Nan would later make her home. Nan and her brother Peter attended high school in Pleasant Hill. In the 1970s, she went to Antioch College and then the San Francisco Art Institute, where her interest in photography blossomed and became one of the major passions of her life. Nan was a student of photography all her adult life, studying with Mark Citret, John Sexton, and Peter Goin, as well as Ansel Adams. She moved to Plumas County in 1975 and pursued a 15-year career in studio photography beginning in Susanville at historic Eastman’s Studio, and later opening Nan Brown Photography in Quincy. She began teaching photography at Feather River College in 1988. She was a member of the Main Street Artists Gallery and Plumas Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston the Southwest Museum of Photography and was recently accepted into the Special Collections at Stanford University’s Art and Architecture Library. Nan and her husband Bill started a family in 1984, and Nan devoted herself lovingly to raising her three children and caring for their family. She reflected their central place in her life through her photography with the series ôIntimations.ö Her diagnosis in 1998 with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was a deep challenge, but one she said gave her ôlife in the present a most precious gift.ö Nan is survived by her husband, Bill Egloff, and their children, Lillian, Merete and Maximillian, as well as a dear extended family including her brother Peter Brown of Oakland, sister-in-law Vicki Gunter, and nieces Cory and Tenaya. A memorial is being planned for this Saturday in Quincy”