BROWN, WILLIAM A.
Dr. William A. Brown of Mt. Dora and Gainesville, FL died peacefully in the loving embrace of family March 17, 2013 in Gainesville.
Bill was born in Chicago, Illinois, October 6, 1926, one of four sons raised by Andrew and Marie Brown of Sioux City, Iowa. He enlisted the United States Army during WW II and quickly qualified for Officers Candidate School. He was a highly decorated veteran of three wars: WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Viet Nam War.
While serving in Panama during WWII, he met his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann Cain "Nita." After WWII Bill served as Aide-de-camp to the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, General Dasher, in Berlin, Germany.
In 1958, he graduated first in a class of 635 senior service officers from around the world at the General Command and Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, earning him The George C. Marshall Award. In addition he was inducted into the United States Army Hall of Fame posted at Fort Leavenworth.
Bill served as Editor-in-Chief of Infantry Magazine in Fort Benning, Georgia. While serving there he also co-authored the Army's Field Manual, which in part, is still in use today.
As a Major, Bill served as the Junior Military Aide to President John F. Kennedy in 1962-1963, where he played a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. During his time in the White House, he wrote numerous speeches and letters for the President. He retired from the United States Army in 1965 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Following his military career, Bill and Nita settled in Orlando, Florida. Bill worked at Martin Marietta Company as an engineer, and was eventually named a Director. In 1976 Martin Marietta awarded Bill the Engineer of the Year Award for his development of the Pershing II Missile System.
He taught as a professor at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate Business School for twenty-five years, where students unanimously voted to give Bill the Professor of the Year Award in 1984. At the same time, Bill taught at Texas A&M University Graduate School. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland and later earned two Masters Degrees: one from the George Washington University, and the second from Nova Southeastern University. He completed work for a PhD. in Public Administration from Nova University. Bill also created and developed William A. Brown & Associates, a managerial consulting business, where he was asked by Walt Disney World to train the original supervisors for eight years. From there he consulted and trained supervisors in corporations including Sea World, Bok Tower, Chrysler, Fujitsu, General Electric, Time-Warner, Citrus World, the Collier family citrus business and Duda Farms of Oviedo, Florida. Bill considered his legacy as teacher and trainer as significant as his service to his country. He leaves behind countless admirers and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann Brown "Nita" of Gainesville; Mariana "Pidge" Boyles (Jesse) of Gainesville; Andrew Brown (Jody) of Vero Beach; and William F. Brown from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is also survived by grandchildren, Carrie Saunders (Paul) of Jacksonville Beach; Michael Boyles of St. Petersburg, Florida; Kaitlyn, Sarah and Andrew Brown of Vero Beach; and Anna Brown of Ft. Lauderdale; plus two great granddaughters, who brought him great delight and joy - Mariana and Jennifer "Jenny Bug" Saunders of Jacksonville Beach.
A private Mass will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606. Friends and family will celebrate Bill's military career by attending a burial with military honors later at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Arrangements under care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013