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Ron Brown

Ron George Brown (1911–55), British journalist, editor and pupil of F. M. Alexander. Ron Brown wrote a summary of F. M. Alexander’s four books.

Life

Ron Brown worked for Reuters, the Times diary, the Evening Standard ‘Londoner’s Diary’ and Associated Press. He also worked for the embryo United Nations in 1944. He was a heavy smoker and developed lung cancer, as well as T.B. Owing perhaps to a mild case of polio in his childhood he had impaired back and leg muscles which affected his walk and he later on he developed muscular dystrophy of the legs. He started having lessons with F. M. Alexander from about 1946-47 and, from then until his death, he continued to have lessons as frequently as he could manage, if not with F. M. Alexander, then John Skinner or Walter Carrington. His wife, the writer Joan Aiken reported that ‘He always returned absolutely revivified from his sessions with F. M. Alexander; he said that the sensation was literally like “walking three or four inches above the ground.”’[1]

Writings

In view of the 1947-48 South African Libel Case Ron Brown suggested to Alexander to write a book, provisionally entitled Alexander and the Doctors, which would contain a biography of Alexander, a summary of the South African Libel Case, and a summary of F. M. Alexander’s four books. Brown only finished the summaries which were approved by Alexander. They were published posthumously in 1992 as Authorised Summaries of F. M. Alexander’s Four Books.[2]

Ronald George Brown * 27 February 1911 – † 23 November 1955.

References

[1] Joan Aiken, “About the Author” on errata slip to Ron Brown, Authorised Summaries of F. M. Alexander’s Four Books (1992), p. 153.
[2] Authorised Summaries of F. M. Alexander’s Four Books by F. M. Alexander and Ron Brown (STATBooks, 1992).