Walter John Brown, Jr., M.D.

walter brown, jr., m.d.
Asheville ~ Walter John Brown, Jr., 80, of Asheville, died on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Mission Hospitals, St. Joseph Campus. Dr. Brown was the son of the late Walter John Brown, Sr. and Madaline Angell Brown. He was a US Army Veteran serving during 1946-1947 in the medical corps in Japan. Dr. Brown was a graduate of Brown University, University of Rhode Island, Florida State University and the Medical College of Georgia. He was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society during his junior year and into Sigma Xi Research Society in 1959. Dr. Brown was employed by the Medical College of Georgia from 1953 to 1968. He worked in the Cardiovascular Research Program while he earned his medical degree, and subsequently served as intern, resident and Chief Medical Resident. He continued his work as a faculty member, being named Professor of Medicine at the Medical College. In 1968 Dr, Brown became Associate Director of the University Health Service at the University of Georgia, moving to Athens, GA. He continued his research and teaching by commuting to the Medical College as well as becoming a Professor of Pharmacology, teaching phamacotherapeutics, at the University of Georgia. After his retirement from the University of Georgia in 1987, Dr. Brown continued as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Medical College, as well as consultant to the Northeast Georgia Health District's hypertension Clinic, and as Medical Director for Home Health Care at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens. Dr. Brown served as a member of many professional organizations and committees. For many years, he served on the Board of Directors and as an Officer of the Athens Area Neighborhood Health Center. Dr. Brown was also a member of many research teams, and authored or co-authored more than sixty research studies published in national and international journals. During his years of retirement, Dr. Brown was active in Learning in Retirement in Athens, GA and enjoyed working on his farm as well as travels with family members and Elderhostel groups. He and his wife moved to Givens Estates in Asheville, NC in 2006. His family members include his wife, Faith Kipp Brown of Asheville; sons Sanford S. Brown (wife Karen Klemmer Brown and their children, Kimberly, Daniel and Keith), Dr. David A. Brown (wife Dr. Cynthia Hecker Brown and their children, Samuel, Melissa and Joseph) and Dr. Walter J. Brown III; and a brother, Allen E. Brown (wife Ilene) of Seekonk, MA. He was predeceased by his sister, Berniece. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 25, at 4:00 PM in the Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates Retirement Community. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Athens, Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, Givens Estates or a charity of your choice.

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  1. Bucky, David and Cindy,
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Dear Kipp, We are so deeply sorry to hear of our loss of dear friend, Walter. We have so many relished memories of our times together. We wish we could be with you. Our condolences to you and your family.

  3. My heart was filled with sadness when I read about Dr. Brown in this morning’s paper. I am a retired R.N. who worked with Dr. Brown for many years at UGA health services and Charter Winds. What a kind, caring and respected person he was. I will never forget him and his wonderful smile.

    JoAn Lewis Salloum

  4. Dr. Brown and I worked together for many years at the UGA Health Center in Athens. His two sons worked and visited there as well. He and Kipp were always smiling and always had a kind word. I knew he had been ill,but neverless,his death came as a surprise. God bless you all. Lynn Peery RNC

  5. Dr. Bucky Brown,
    My deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you and your family.


  6. Dr. Bucky Brown,
    My condolences on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.


  7. Dr. Brown,
    May God grant you and your family strength as you go through this time of bereavement. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless.
    Ericka Douglas

  8. I am very sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like he was a wonderful man and I’m sure he will be greatly missed.

    Carolyn Leopard—- Radiology
    Transylvania Regional Hospital

  9. So very sorry to hear about your father. We all send our thoughts and prayers.

    Karen Shewmaker
    TRH Radiology

  10. Dear Kipp, All of the Harrold’s remember all of our great visits and discussions with you and Walt. Mom and Pop really enjoyed having you as neighbors and friends. We wish you all the best.

  11. Dr. Bucky Brown,

    I just wanted to express my deepest sympathies to you and your family during this very difficult time. Having lost a close friend just this month and a mother not too long ago, I know how trying these times can be. Please know you are in my thoughts.

    Crystal Broms
    TRH Ultrasound

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