Stu Brower of Pasadena, New York City and Boothbay Harbor left this world as he had lived, surrounded by those who loved him dearly.
The only child of Morris and Fay Brower, he was born in Long Beach, California, attended Millikan High School where he was inducted into the National Honor Society and, as a gifted clarinetist, he was selected to the All-Southern California Band. He was then awarded a full scholarship to USC. Stu served his country in the California Air National Guard, 146th Airlift Wing. He then worked as a page for the “Ed Sullivan Show” at CBS and single handedly ensured Mick Jagger made it onstage after going missing right before showtime.
During his summer break at Michigan State University, he took a road trip and discovered Maine and fell in love with the state and the coastline. Over the years he purchased several homes in Maine. His most memorable purchase came when his realtor faxed him photos of a property that was going up for auction in Lobster Cove. The realtor called Saturday morning to tell him how the town had come out to the auction, and that it came down to him and one other bidder, and that he had prevailed. Years later he also bought a beautiful home in Ocean Point.
Over the years countless friends joined Stu at both homes, and he absolutely loved introducing people to Boothbay Harbor and East Boothbay. Stu’s trips always featured a trip to Eventide for cheeses and baked goods, stopping by Maria’s Gallery to sit in the rocking chair and chat about the plans for the week, a night with friends at Ports of Italy, and if he was lucky enough, a concert at the Opera House, complete with dozing off once or twice.
After receiving his master’s in television & radio from Michigan State University, he embarked on a 50+ year career in entertainment marketing. As vice president of Marketing at ABC, he launched countless signature series and spearheaded many legendary, industry-defining campaigns, including Love in the Afternoon, Still the One, Come on Along, Now is the Time, and You and Me and ABC. Recognized for his creative contributions, Stu was the recipient of the Promax Lifetime Achievement Award.
He will be forever remembered for his selfless mentorship of hundreds of people who worked with him and for him. As a result, they rose to the top of their careers with Stu to thank for giving them a chance, a second chance, and guidance on how to become the best versions of themselves. His love for “luncheon” with friends was one of his favorite activities and he did it as often as possible. He was eternally grateful for the gift of a kidney and was a generous supporter of many charities including, Donate Life America and PDK Cure. His podcast, Stupefied, was another way for him to share stories, his life adventures, and have a little fun at everyone's expense (now available for your listening pleasure).