Jerrold Brown (Jerry), 88, of Holmes Beach, passed away on October 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C., due to a massive hemorrhage suffered during an accidental fall. Jerry was born February 18, 1925, in Monroe, Wisconsin, the second son of Lena Thomm and Elgar Brown. He graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and held an MA in Economics from the University of Arizona-Tuscon. Jerry served in the Army in the European theater during WWII. He received the Bronze Star two times, and was especially proud of his Combat Infantryman Badge because it represented the day-in and day-out slogging of combat.Jerry married Joyce Stauffacher on August 22, 1948, and was hired by the newly formed Foreign Broadcast Information Service (a branch of the CIA), where he served a long and illustrious career. During his career he lived overseas in Cyprus, and, after being promoted to Bureau Chief, in Austria, Germany, Panama, and Okinawa, and he traveled extensively for business and on vacations with his family. In 1964 he received the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit for work in Panama during that year's anti-American riots. He also received the CIA Distinguished Service Medal for other work and, after 30 years, the CIA Career Service Medal. He retired as Deputy Director of FBIS in 1980. After retirement, Jerry and Joyce moved to Holmes Beach where he has maintained residency ever since. He spent many of his retirement years playing tennis, his favorite lifetime sport, and also was a member of the Key Royale Golf Club. He and Joyce enjoyed camping, hiking and travel of all kinds. They enjoyed birdwatching to-gether and were members of the Manatee County Audubon Society.In addition to his beloved wife (with whom he had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in August), Jerry is survived by his three children, Kathy Calvert (Rick) (Adamstown, Maryland), Susan Grove Ka (Harry) (Placentia, California), and Dave Brown (Norma) (Fairfax, Virginia); and his six grandchildren: Casey, Laura and Claire Calvert; and Lyndsey, Ryan and Derek Grove. No local services or visitation will be held.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Oct. 29, 2013