ARMY’S 11TH GENERAL
General Arnold Brown (R) was promoted to Glory from a hospital in Toronto, Canada on June 26, 2002.
The son of officer parents, he was born in London, England in 1913. The family immigrated to Canada early in Arnold’s life, and it was from the Belleville Corps that he became an officer in 1935.
After a two-year corps command, he served for ten years in the editorial department at territorial headquarters and became assistant editor of the War Cry. During this time he completed a history of the Army’s first 50 years in Canada, entitled What Hath God Wrought?
In 1939 Captain Brown married Lieutenant Jean Barclay. Together they served 42 years, and they were blessed with two daughters, Heather Jean and Beverley Ann.
As publicity and special efforts secretary in Canada, Brown developed his public relations genius. Brigadier Brown was then appointed territorial youth secretary in 1962, a position he held for two years.
In 1964 Lieutenant-Colonel Brown was appointed secretary for public relations at IHQ, and was quickly promoted to colonel.
Commissioner Arnold Brown was appointed Chief of the Staff in 1969, serving for five years before returning to Canada as territorial commander in 1974. Three years later he was elected the 11th General of The Salvation Army, and took office on July 5, 1977.
General Brown received many honors, including Freeman of the City of London and Officer of the Order of Canada. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Olivet Seminary in the USA.
Besides What Hath God Wrought? Brown authored The Gate and the Light (autobiography), The Mountain the Wind Blew Here, With Christ at the Table and Occupied Manger-Unoccupied Tomb.
The funeral service took place in Toronto, Canada.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. General Jean Brown, Windfield Terrace Suite 416, 1200 Don Mills Road, North York, Ontario M3B 3N8, Canada.