Lester Brown's Family Life

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In his inspirational new memoir, Breaking New Ground, Lester Brown traces life from a small farm to leadership as a global environmental analyst. Here is a selection of photos from his family life.

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Lester Brown's Family Life

  1. 1. FAMILY LIFE photos of Lester R. Brown
  2. 2. Great Grandparents George and Martha Harvey Cain
  3. 3. Grandpop and Grandmom Brown
  4. 4. Calvin Brown (Lester’s father) inside car. Nicholas Brown (grandfather) standing outside
  5. 5. Dehlia Smith and Calvin Brown (mother and father), circa 1933
  6. 6. Calvin Brown
  7. 7. Lester, five years old
  8. 8. Lester and his younger brother Carl
  9. 9. The Brown Family: l to r: Carl, Mom, Lester, Pop, Marion
  10. 10. Lester’s father with his mules.
  11. 11. Stow Creek Elementary School graduates
  12. 12. Carl tending the pheasants
  13. 13. Planting tomatoes
  14. 14. The Brown Brothers’ truck
  15. 15. Lester loading a tractor trailer with 600 baskets of tomatoes, 1958
  16. 16. More tomatoes
  17. 17. A teenaged Lester at home
  18. 18. Lester and his tractor for the tomato growing operation
  19. 19. In his new Chevy
  20. 20. The family farm, current day
  21. 21. Lester, wife Shirley, and son Brian, 1960
  22. 22. Lester and Brian
  23. 23. The Brown family: Brian, Lester, Brenda, and Shirley
  24. 24. Family time
  25. 25. Lester and Brenda, 1983
  26. 26. Brian’s college graduation day, 1982
  27. 27. Graduation day for Brenda from veterinary school, 1994
  28. 28. Lester and Brian, 1985
  29. 29. Lester and granddaughter Bridget, 1994
  30. 30. Atop one of the Rocky mountains during a hiking trip with Brian in 1989.
  31. 31. Sister Marion razzing Lester while Carl awaits his turn at Lester’s sixtieth birthday celebration at the Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, 1994
  32. 32. Brenda and Brian with Lester at sixtieth birthday
  33. 33. Elke and Uwe Gessner, long-lost cousins from the former East Germany, at Lester’s sixtieth birthday celebration
  34. 34. Uwe, Christine (daughter) and Elke Gessner
  35. 35. Maureen Kuwano Hinkle, Lester, Marion Spence, Carl & Mary Brown, and Bob Spence, 2004
  36. 36. Lester with his extended Brown family, 2009, taken at reception following the Smithsonian Museum of American History event, A Conversation with Lester Brown. L to r: Darlene Rosenberger, niece; brother-in- law Bob Spence, sister Marion Spence; Brian; Alison Dance; granddaughter Bridget; grandniece Olivia Rosenberger; Maureen Kuwano Hinkle; granddaughter Lena; sister-in-law Mary Lou Brown; brother Carl; Brenda; and grandson Cash (front). Photo by Hugh Talman.
  37. 37. Lester, Alison Dance, and Brian. Aspen, CO, 2010
  38. 38. Hiking with Brian in Alaska’s Denali National Forest, 2011
  39. 39. The Haun Family: Lena, Chris, Brenda, Bridget, and Cash, 2011
  40. 40. Blondeen & John Gravely, Maureen Kuwano Hinkle & Lester, Bob and Marion Spence. University of Maryland, Hall of Fame Induction reception, 2011
  41. 41. Fiftieth Reunion, Rutgers Class of 1955. Photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle
  42. 42. Bridgeton High School 60th Reunion. Photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle
  43. 43. Bridgeton High School, 2011 (photo by Maureen Kuwano Hinkle)
  44. 44. Lena, Brenda, Bob, Bridget, Cash, Lester, Marion, Brian, and Shirley. Aspen, CO, 2011
  45. 45. Available at www.earthpolicy.org/books/bng Or call 202-496-9290 Order from Earth Policy Institute, the independent environmental research organization headed by Lester Brown. ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

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