W4OUK - June 27, 2010 |
William B. 'Doc' Brown |
QCWA # 23185
GLOUCESTER - Dr. William Brushwood Brown, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully in his home in Naxera surrounded by his family on the evening of June 27, 2010. He had been in declining health for a number of years.
He was born on May 31, 1930, in Ware Neck, Va., and was the youngest of six children of Joseph Walter Brown and Thelma Virginia Robins. He attended Ware Neck School and graduated in 1947 from Botetourt High School.
Dr. Brown graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy in 1952, and the School of Medicine in 1956. After a residency in Danville, VA., he joined the Navy and worked at the Army Chemical Biological Center in Edgewood, Md. He served as a Naval Flight Surgeon on Midway Island from 1958 to 1960, after which he joined his brother, Raymond, in private practice in Gloucester for the next 12 years. During that time he served as a state medical examiner and was an aviation medical examiner with the FAA. He was a Charter Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of General Practice in New York and, twice served as President of the Mid-Tidewater Medical Society. In 1972, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service and served as a Regional Medical Officer with posts in Burma, Liberia, South Africa, Portugal, Mexico, Panama and Barbados, until he retired to Gloucester in 1993.
He became an amateur radio operator in 1958 and remained active in state and national amateur radio organizations all his life.
Dr. Brown lost his wife of 51 years, Frances Marie Tharpe in 2005, and is survived by a son, William B. Brown Jr. and his wife, K. Layne Hastings Brown; a daughter, Sandra B. Robins and her husband, Hubel Robins III; and five grandchildren, Matthew and Emily Brown, Justin, Kelsey and Palmer Robins, all of Richmond. He is also survived by a brother, Joseph Walter Brown Jr. of Naxera; and many nieces and nephews.
His family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Nettie Howlett, for her devoted care the past four years, other home care givers, and to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice Care. Dad loved you all and was blessed to have you.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Andrews Funeral Home in Gloucester. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 1, at Singleton United Methodist Church in Schley, Va.
Rue, KA4PLH, passed the news to me this morning -- Doc Brown, W4OUK, our friend and beloved QCWA Chapter 119 member, passed away last evening, Sunday, June 27, at approximately 8:45 p.m. Doc was a long-time presence in the Virginia amateur radio community and will be greatly missed. RIP, Doc.
Vic, W4VIC, President,
QCWA Chapter 119 Inc.
Previously held Calls - KM6BX, EL2FW, ZS6BRU, 7P8BF, A2CBC, 3B8DY, 3D6BO, CT1ATR,G5CEN, V31ED, XE1WBB, HP1XXW, 8P9EX