Ralph D. Brown, MD, FACP born in Seattle, WA, June 23, 1924 died peacefully in his sleep March 19, 2014 at Bethany at Pacific. He was the son of Richard Meyer Brown and Dorothy Davies Brown. Ralph was raised in Monroe, WA. Before moving with his family to Everett, where he graduated from Everett High School at 16. He attended Oberlin College on scholarship, universities of Oregon and Washington (Mush you Huskies!) and graduated from Northwestern Medical School in combination with his undergraduate studies. He was a member of the Washington National Guard and Captain in the U.S. Army as a medical officer. Ralph married Sue Hartley of Everett and completed his residency in Chicago before returning to Everett to start his medical career at the Everett Clinic. Ralph and Sue raised his four children in Everett and then moved to La Jolla, CA. There he married I. Ardelle Wilcox Meyer and practiced medicine until 1999. After retiring, he returned to Everett where he lived the last 15 years of his life. Ralph is pre-deceased by his parents, 1st and 2nd wives; brothers, Richard, Noel, Wesley; and sister, Dorothy. He is survived by his sister, Priscilla (Wallace) Stevenson; brother, Webster; children, Noel (John) Downey, Dexter (Patty) Brown, Gretchen (Joseph) Hoffman, Jamie (Mark McAuliffe); step-children, Beverly Willms, Barbara (Derick) Christensen, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and dear companion, Mary Secoy. Ralph, scholar, state record holder, member of the EHS "Wonder Team", father, husband, provider, friend, hunter, fisherman, golfer, crab-lover, imbued the attributes of humility, patience, kindness, and compassion. Those of us blessed to experience and know this fine gentleman are the better for it. For his friends and family, he held you dear and wishes you peace and joy throughout your lives. There will be a private funeral service. Friends and family are invited to a memorial reception April 5, 2014, 2 p.m. at the Everett Golf & Country Club. Those wishing to remember Ralph are encouraged to fly their U.S. flag. In lieu of flowers, donations or volunteering in his memory may be made to Bethany of the Northwest Foundation or the Kidney Auxiliary of Puget Sound.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 26, 2014