It is with sadness that I report and acknowledge the death of the Rev. Dr. Colin Brown. I met him and had dinner with him one evening with my Doctor Father, E. Earle Ellis. I edit here from his published obituary.
The Rev. Dr. Colin Brown passed away peacefully at home in Altadena on May 4, 2019, age 87, surrounded by his children, closest friends, and dedicated care-givers. He was born in Bradford, England, in 1932. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1958 and became Vice Principal of Tyndale Hall Theological College, which later formed Trinity College, Bristol, England. His education included a BA from Liverpool University, a BD from the University of London, an MA and a DD from Nottingham University and a PhD from the University of Bristol. He came to the US in 1978, serving as Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, until 2010, rising to Associate Dean for Advanced Theological Studies in 1988.
During this time, he also served as Associate Priest at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Altadena, until his recent illness. He was the author of many scholarly articles and books including Miracles and the Critical Mind and Jesus in European Protestant Thought. He gained recognition for editing The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, and received numerous honors and awards, including first place on the Critics’ Commended List of Books in the LA Times. Colin continued his research and writing up until shortly before his death. His most recent book focused on Quests of the Historical Jesus. A humble and gentle man, he leaves an extensive academic legacy and was revered by his students, colleagues and friends alike. In addition to being passionate about his preaching, research and teaching, he was a keen rose grower, gladly sharing his broad knowledge of roses with others.