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BROWN RICHARD G. BROWN Richard Gerard Brown, age 96, a resident of Georgetown in Washington, DC, since 1951 died at home on January 26, 2013 of congestive heart failure. Dr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Maud McKenna, a native of Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Brown was born January 9, 1917, in Savannah, Ga. but grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1938. For several years he worked for the United Fruit Company in Central America. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was called to active military service as an Army second lieutenant. During World War II, "Gerry" served in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. His army services included extensive combat action as a field artillery officer in the 32nd Infantry Division as well as legislative liaison officer to the Japanese Diet in General Douglas McArthur's Tokyo headquarters. He remained in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. As an Army Captain, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in the Pacific theater. In 1951, he received a doctorate in International Relations with a specialty in foreign diplomacy from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. In 1957, Dr. Brown began working in military intelligence with the Army's Assistant Chief of Staff. He joined the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1961 in the role of senior analyst and production of worldwide intelligence. He retired in 1986 as Deputy Director of Current Intelligence. He was a member of the Chevy Chase Club, the Metropolitan Club, the Georgetown Assembly, and the Military Society of the Carabao. For many years, Dr. Brown was an avid tennis and squash player, winning numerous awards. He and his late wife were active communicants of Epiphany Roman Catholic Church in Georgetown. Dr. Brown was a dedicated volunteer with the Citizen Association of Georgetown; his special interests were airplane noise prevention from Reagan National Airport, and adequate street lighting. He also volunteered for many years at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. Dr. Brown, preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Mary Lawler Brown, and a sister, Mrs. Mary B. Yelvington of Daytona Beach, FL. He is survived by his two nieces, Ms. Mary Sue Pickett of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Ms. Barbara Botelho of New Smyrna Beach, FL and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He is also survived by his first-cousin, Mrs. Neil W. Horstman of Leesburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Citizens Association of Georgetown, 1365 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC, 20007. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., February 5, 2013 at Epiphany Catholic Church, 2712 Dumbarton Street, NW Washington, DC. A burial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m. April 19, 2013.
Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 3, 2013