Elinor Martha Brown, a former resident of Scarsdale, died peacefully surrounded by family March 1. She was 81.
Mrs. Brown was born Nov. 29, 1937 to the late Erich and Catherine Binnebosel in Brooklyn. She graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at the University of Rochester. In 1963, she received her medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was one of only five women in the graduating class. She completed her medical training in pediatrics at the Jacobi Medical Center.
In 1967, Mrs. Brown moved with her husband, Dr. Alan J. Brown, to Scarsdale, where they lived for 34 years and raised three children. As a pediatrician, Mrs. Brown, who practiced under the name Dr. Elinor Binnebosel or “Dr. B,” focused on children with severe developmental disabilities. She was the chief of developmental disabilities at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, a division of the New York Medical College in Valhalla, and treated patients of all ages with developmental disabilities for more than 35 years. She was an expert on Down’s syndrome, and was honored by former Mayor David Dinkins for her work.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, Dr. Alan J. Brown of Manhattan, the former chief of neurology in Yonkers; her daughter, Karen Brown, and her two children, Ben and Joshua Robin, of Norwalk, Connecticut; her daughter Beverly (O’Toole), her husband Tom and their two children, Olivia and Sean, of Manhattan; her son, Daniel, his wife Alana and their two children, Jacob and Leah, of Scarsdale; and her sister, Doris Fenske of Somerset, New Jersey. Funeral services were held at Westchester Reform Temple March 6. Charitable donations in Mrs. Brown’s memory may be made to the Fairfield County Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls or to Calvary Hospital.