Edwin Brown, 1910-2010, was one of the foremost proponents of organized labor in the State. He was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the RI AFL, and later was a key negotiator in the merger of the AFL with CIO. He served on the State Board of Education and later the Board of Regents for twenty-eight years, being elected Chairman in 1964. He served a myriad of causes in Rhode Island and received honorary degrees from URI and Bryant, and was honored with the United Way’s National Beirne Award in 1981. He remained active in the labor world until his death at the age of 100 in 2010.