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Alfred C. Brown, high school teacher, star athlete; April 1, 1948 -- March 15, 2011

Alfred C. Brown, a high school teacher who was a star athlete at Bennett High School and the University at Buffalo, died Tuesday in his Buffalo home. He was 62.

Mr. Brown was born in Buffalo and attended local schools. He received his boyhood nickname "Skip," short for "Skipper Ripper," because of his boundless vitality.

He put that energy to good use at Bennett, where he was a star athlete who earned All-High honors in football and basketball.

He was a starter on the basketball team that won two Yale Cup titles in the mid-1960s behind future Hall of Famer Bob Lanier.

Mr. Brown just missed receiving All-High honors in track and field, and he finished second in the 1966 all-city 100-yard-dash finals by one-tenth of a second.

He earned a basketball scholarship to UB, but he excelled on the track and set school records at 100 and 220 yards, according to his family.

Mr. Brown earned his bachelor's degree from UB and enrolled in the university's Law School, but left after deciding law wasn't for him.

In the following years, Mr. Brown traveled across Europe, Africa and South America. In Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, for example, he worked for the international YMCA.

He returned to the United States in the late 1970s and moved to Queens, where he taught high school social studies.

Mr. Brown then moved to Sarasota, Fla., where he continued teaching and volunteered in the community. His work included promoting Project Black Cinema and serving as a Boy Scout leader.

He returned to the Buffalo area a decade ago to care for his ailing parents.

Survivors include his former wife, Dr. Hera Nahar; two daughters, Heather Okoro and Zahra Nahar-Brown; a son, Nile Nahar-Brown; and two brothers, Gregory and Calvin.

Services will be held at noon Tuesday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.

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