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Owner of KEYC's Parent Company, Howard J. Brown, Loses Battle Against Cancer

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It's with a heavy heart that we have to pass along news of our company owner's passing. Howard J. Brown lost his battle with stomach cancer Friday morning at his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Mister Brown, also known by his employees as "Uncle Howard," owned United Communications Corporation, which is the parent company of KEYC-TV. United Communications has owned KEYC since 1977. Howard Brown was 87 years old.

Howard J. Brown


Howard Jordan Brown, 87, died April 29, 2011 at his home as a result of stomach cancer.  He was born July 31, 1923 in Chicago, a son of Gladys Jordan Brown and Isidore Brown.

He was president of United Communications Corporation, which owns and operates media companies in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts and New York. Among the holdings are the Kenosha News, the Zion-Benton News in Zion, Ill., the Lake Geneva Regional News and Kenosha-based Media Innovations, a digital publishing company.

Howard was a graduate of the Laboratory School of the University of Chicago, where he was the captain of the tennis team and class president at age 16.  He continued his education at Phillips Exeter Academy (NH), and Princeton University, from which he graduated magna cum laude.  He received a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

His college experience was interrupted by military service in WWII where he served in the Army with the rank of T5.  The 44th Division landed in Cherbourg in September 1944 and took part in battles in Alsace Lorraine.  After the war he served in the military government in Germany.  In 1948 and 1949 he traveled the world as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Sun Times, covering such events as the conflicts in Greece, Israel, India and China.

Upon his return to the States, he worked at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland News, the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald, and the Ottaway Newspapers, a group of publications located in the East.  He purchased the Kenosha News in 1961.

Howard was generous to a fault and believed in community involvement.  He was devoted to many civic organizations including board memberships on the YMCA, Carthage College, the Kenosha Community Foundation. He was president of Kenosha Christmas Charities, Inc. (Goodfellows).  He was a recipient of the International Newsmedia Marketing Association's Golden Shovel Award, and the Inland Press Association's Ralph Casey Award.

Howard's work was his hobby, and his hobby was his work.  He was an avid tennis player and spectator. 

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and three adoring daughters: Lucy (Steven) Minn, Minneapolis, Minn.; Sarah (Mark) Russ, Houston, Texas and Amy (James) Tuchler, Northbrook, Ill.; brother, Roger (Barbara) Brown, Highland Park, Ill.; nine grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. A public memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 4 at 3 p.m. in the Siebert Chapel at Carthage College.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be directed to the Kenosha Community Foundation and Hospice Alliance of Kenosha.

Bruch Funeral Home

3503 Roosevelt Road

Kenosha, WI 5314 2