Bruce went to be with the Lord on November 4, 2012, at home in the presence of his loving family. He was born to Edward and Norma Brown In Orange, N.J. on Sept. 21, 1937. Graduating from West Orange High School in 1955, Bruce followed in his father's footsteps by attending Princeton University, where he graduated with honors with a degree in Sociology in 1959.
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Deciding on a career in medicine, he attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, graduating in 1963. He completed an internship at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., before joining the Navy as a Flight Surgeon. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and served aboard the USS Bennington during the Viet Nam conflict. Following his military service, Bruce returned to the University of Vermont for a radiology residency, and then completed a fellowship at LAC/USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he met his wife and the love of his life, Debbie.
After moving back to Vermont, Bruce became Chief of Radiology at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., residing for several years in Pownal, where he developed a love for cattle farming, especially Hereford cows. During their years in Pownal, Bruce and Debbie were blessed with three handsome sons, Adam, Zachary, and Benjamin.
The Brown family moved to Florida in 1991, where Bruce served as a radiologist at the V.A. hospital in Lake City, until his retirement in 2000. He was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, and hunter. His passion for hunting took him to several continents in pursuit of numerous trophy animals.
Bruce was a devoted family man. He leaves his wife of 38 years, Debbie, his sons Adam, Zachary (Lisa), and Benjamin (Jen), his brother Fred (Hannie), and three wonderful grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake City.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake City. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 469, Lake City, FL 32056, or to Haven Hospice, 6037 U.S. Hwy 90 W, Lake City, FL 32055.
Arrangements are under the direction of GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S US Hwy 441, Lake City, FL 32025 (386) 752-1954. Please leave words of comfort for the family at www.gatewayforestlawn.com
Published in Lake City Reporter on Nov. 14, 2012