Memorial Honors Burlington Business Leader

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(Host) A memorial service was held Monday for a longtime Burlington business executive who became a leading environmental regulator.

Duncan Brown died late last week at his home in Shelburne. He was 90.

Brown was a co-founder of a Burlington insurance company, a Republican activist and friend of the late Governor Richard Snelling.

Brown’s influence was greatest as the chairman of the District Environmental Commission in Chittenden County in the late 1970s.

He led the hearings into a controversial mall proposal for Williston. The commission ultimately denied a permit for the Pyramid mall.

Brown’s admirers say that he gave Burlington time to strengthen its downtown before big suburban shopping centers were built.

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