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Obituary: Sewell Allen Brown

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Sewell Allen "Skip" Brown, III

( May 20, 2022

Sewell Allen "Skip" Brown, III, entrepreneur and CEO of The Belts Corporation, died peacefully on May 20, 2022, at the age of 78. Of all of his accomplishments in life, he was proudest of his children, Lauren and Allen and their families; he was happiest when he spent time with them and his wife, Chris

Skip was born in Baltimore on July 5, 1943 to Eleanor (nee Bratt) and Sewell Allen "Brownie" Brown, Jr. Brownie was president of the National Sporting Goods Co., and took Skip on safari in Botswana in 1973

Skip was a graduate of the Massanutten Military Academy, and graduated from the University of Baltimore with a B.S. in marketing

As a young man he worked for a family business, Belts Wharf Warehouse. He unloaded the last steamship in Fells Point before containerization took over. He worked his way up from the waterfront docks to the CEO's office

As President, he grew the company tenfold into the modern Belts Corporation, and founded other corporations, including Belts Logistics, Belts Transportation Services, Belts Intermodal and Belts realty Services, and many partnerships and real estate ventures. His commercial projects in Fells Point placed him on the cover of the former "Warfield's" magazine, now "Baltimore Magazine"

Skip was credited by former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer, for bringing FILA to Maryland and building an award-winning 653,000 sq. ft. national distribution center for them. He purchased and rehabbed the National Can Building in Fells Point, which enticed Osiris Therapeutics to move to Baltimore. As President of Belts Realty Services, Inc., a real estate brokerage and property management company, he developed and built large distribution centers in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County. He also developed commercial space which includes retail, restaurants and marinas and renovated historic properties, including Swann's Wharf

His success brought him to the attention of Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who appointed him to the Board of the Baltimore Development Corporation. He served on the BDC for 11 years under Mayors Schmoke and O'Malley and was influential in awarding the development of Harbor East

Governor Paris Glendenning appointed Skip as Chair of the Governor's https://www.ruckfuneral.com/obituaries/print?o_id=8026220 

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https://www.ruckfuneral.com/obituaries/print?o_id=8026220 Port Land Use Task Force, which created a comprehensive strategy for the waterfront land in Baltimore City and other counties

Of all the projects he undertook, he was most proud of Springmeade Farm, a part of the 1711 patent of Clynmalira in Phoenix, Maryland, where he and his wife Chris built a beautiful stone manor home where 

they bred and raced over 40 thoroughbred horses

In 1993, Skip was honored as a finalist in "Inc." magazine's national "Entrepreneur of the Year" competition and was named "Port Leader of the Year" for the Port of Baltimore. He was a fundraiser for many charities including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Baltimore Harbor Endowment. He was a member of many professional associations and was a past President of the Maryland Warehousemen's Association. Skip was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters for over 50 years. Because of a family passion for sportsmanship and derived from his family's ownership of National Sporting Goods, he was a lifetime member of the NRA

He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and Hideaway Beach Club and the Island Club on Marco Island, FL. Skip enjoyed hunting, fishing, scuba diving, tennis, golf, bocce, boating, riding his motorcycle, traveling and being on the beaches of Marco Island with his many friends for more than 35 years. Though he loved having his children and grandchildren at the farm, at the beach house in Bethany Beach, DE and traveling with them to Alaska and Italy, nothing made him happier than being with friends and family in Hideaway Beach

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Christine Brown (nee Porter), his daughter Lauren Knott and her husband, Henry Joseph, III., his son Sewell Allen Brown, IV and his wife Amy (nee Maxwell), his grandchildren, Henry, Luke, and Kelsey Knott and Jillian, Brooke and Braden Brown, his brother George A. Brown, his niece Caroline Brown, his nephews, George A. Brown, Jr., and Christopher Brown and their children and his former wife Marian (nee Thompson)

A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road, Monkton, Maryland on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 9:30 A.M. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Sewell Allen "Skip" Brown, III. may be directed to support renal cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Sewell A. "Skip" Brown, III. to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 750 E. Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202 or make a gift online at hopkinscancer.org.

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