Richard E. Brown of Englewood, Florida and Medford, NJ died at home on December 28, 2012, having spent precious time visiting with his large and loving family over the holidays. He passed peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with a rare neurological disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He was 83.
Born in Chatham, New Jersey on April 7, 1929, Dr. Brown graduated from Moravian College in 1951 and earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Maryland (Baltimore County) in 1956. He worked as a research chemist at Warner-Lambert Co. and with US Vitamin/Revlon, earning 67 patents for his work with the two companies. He later qualified as a patent agent, concluding his career preparing patents for Becton Dickinson.
Dr. Brown was married for 58 years to the love of his life, “his girl” Mary P. Brown before her death in 2009. They raised four children while living in East Hanover. In 1991 they moved to Englewood, Florida but continued to enjoy summers at Surf City on Long Beach Island. The couple traveled extensively in retirement, enjoying trips to such faraway places as Patagonia, Kenya, Greece, Egypt, Provence, Tuscany, Scandinavia and the Arctic Circle. At home, Dr. Brown played softball well into his seventies and enjoyed bowling, gardening, classical music, golf and bridge with family and friends.
Dr. Brown is survived by his sister, Margel Blauvelt, his brother, Robert Brown, and by his adult children Sandra Sickles, Lois Rawson, Stephen Brown and Marjorie Pires, as well as by eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.