Neil Maddux Miller
Neil died Aug. 8, 2010, in Boston. She was 29.
Neil grew up in Greensboro, N.C., where she attended Greensboro Day School. At Princeton, she was an enthusiastic member of Butler College, Pi Beta Phi sorority, and Ivy Club. She also reached out to the local community and volunteered as a soccer coach in Trenton. Neil majored in politics and graduated cum laude. She loved Princeton with a passion that was contagious, and returned whenever she could.
Neil later attended the University of North Carolina Law School, where she further distinguished herself academically. She graduated with honors and was a member of the North Carolina Law Review. She joined the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson. In the spring of 2008, Neil married her UNC Law classmate, William Miller.
Neil’s infectious spirit, loyalty, generosity and bright smile will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband; her mother, Carolyn Maddux; her sister, Meriwether Maddux Powell; and her brother-in-law, Tanner Powell ’02.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or Susan G. Komen for the Cure (“Team Neil”). The class sends its deepest condolences to Neil’s family and friends. Published in the March 2, 2011 issue of Princeton Alumni Weekly.
Kelly Marie Wells
Kelly died from heart failure July 5, 2010, while on a visit to Torrance, Calif. She was 29.
Kelly grew up in Park City, Utah, and attended Rowland Hall-St. Marks, a college prep school in Salt Lake City. At Princeton she majored in English, was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and was co-captain of the equestrian team. Kelly was the first member of the Princeton equestrian team to qualify for the IHSA National Championships. She received the non-varsity Female Athlete of the Year award for her leadership and riding achievement.
After graduation, Kelly pursued her aspiration of riding professionally, competing successfully against some of the best riders in the country.
Upon returning to Utah, she entered the book business as a national buyer for The King’s English, an independent bookstore. Kelly had a passion for reading. She possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of books and authors, and had a refreshing humility in sharing that knowledge.
Kelly is remembered for being exceptionally kind and empathetic, clever and irreverent. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her parents, Bob and Patti Wells. The class sends deepest condolences to Kelly’s family and friends. Published in the March 2, 2011 issue of Princeton Alumni Weekly.
Bryan Robert Zech
Bryan Robert Zech died suddenly Sept. 27, 2008, in Southern California. He was 27.
Bryan grew up in Irvine, Calif., where he graduated from Mater Dei High School as a standout in both athletics and scholarship. He was a top golfer in the state and went on to play for Princeton’s golf team.
Bryan was heavily entrenched in the Princeton community. He was a member of Cottage Club and Kappa Alpha Order — the same club and fraternity of our late classmate Michael Brownstein — and also volunteered as a youth basketball coach for the town’s recreational league. He earned his bachelor’s degree in politics and economics.
Bryan attended the University of Southern California Law School, graduating as a member of Order of the Coif in 2006. He was executive editor of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal, class representative on USC Law’s Young Alumni Committee, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.
Bryan went on to work as an associate for Latham & Watkins in Orange County, where he was working at the time of his tragic passing.
Bryan will be remembered as a great friend to many — staunchly loyal, charismatic, and witty.
He is survived by his mother, Shannon; father Gene; brother Jeff; grandmother Marilyn McPhee; and the extended family. The class extends heartfelt sympathy to Bryan’s family and friends. Published in the March 4, 2009 issue of Princeton Alumni Weekly.
Michael Wayne Brownstein
Humble and handsome, curious and loving, Michael Brownstein passed away on June 20, 2007 in Beijing after sustaining a fatal head injury while rock climbing.
Born and raised in Encino, Calif., Michael attended the Harvard-Westlake School prior to Princeton. In college he majored in comparative literature, was a member of the rugby team, University Cottage Club, and Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He studied abroad in Italy and Spain, was fluent in Spanish and conversant in Chinese, French, and Italian. He was a world traveler whose curiosity took him throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico, India, and Australia. Michael had an infectious smile and made friends easily. Classmates joked that he needed to keep learning new languages because he had already befriended everyone who spoke the languages he already knew. His energy and spirit inspired everyone he met.
Michael was active in charity and participated regularly in feeding the homeless. He was an accomplished surfer, a low handicap golfer and had a passion for acting. He continued to pursue writing, producing, and directing and had been invited to attend the Shanghai Film Festival at the end of June.
At the time of his death, he was vice president of Foreign Capital Markets for Zhongzhi Enterprise Group, a major diversified financial and real estate development company in China.
Michael was buried at sea by his close family and friends and countless more Princetonians attended his memorial service in Los Angeles. There is a Michael Brownstein Fellowship Program to honor his life and memory, which can be visited at www.brownsteinfund.org.
Michael is survived by his parents, Mark and Troas, and his sister Katie. The class sends its deepest condolences to Michael’s family and friends around the world.