NEWPORT, R.I. -- Socialite Anne S.K. Brown, the widow of John Nicholas Brown, whose family founded Brown University, died Thursday at her summer home. She was 79.
Born in the New York burough of Brooklyn, Mrs. Brown sent shock waves through high society circles in 1982 when she testified as a character witness in the first attempted murder trial of fellow Newport socialite Claus von Bulow.
Von Bulow was accused of trying to kill his multi-millionaire wife, Martha 'Sunny' von Bulow, with insulin shots in their Newport mansion in 1979 and 1980. His first trial ended in conviction, but was overturned on appeal. Von Bulow was acquitted of the charges during his retrial, which concluded in June.
'Claus no more tried to murder Sunny than the man in the moon,' the fiesty Brown testified three years ago. 'He didn't marry her for her money. He married her for her beauty.'
Mrs. Brown, an author of numerous articles about military history, was married to John Nicholas Brown, who was known as the 'world's richest baby' because he was fed milk from a cow that drank only distilled water.
He died in 1979 at age 79 of a heart attack aboard his yacht in Annapolis, Md. Brown University was named for Brown's great grandfather, Nicholas, an American manufacturer and philanthropist.
Mrs. Brown is the daughter of the late Rev. Arthur Kinsolving of the Kinsolving Episcopal Church Dynasty and Sally Bruce Kinsolving.
She is survived by a brother, Herbert Kinsolving, of Annapolis, Md., a sister, Mrs. Egbert Leigh III, of Washington, daughter, Angela Bayard Brown Fisher, of Dedham, Mass., and two sons, retired Navy Capt. Nicholas Brown, of Baltimore, the director of the National Aquarium, and J. Carter Brown, of Washington, director of the National Gallery of Art.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. EST at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Newport. Burial is private.