Robert S. Brown
1940 - 2021
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Robert S. Brown, 80, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away unexpectedly on January 22, 2021. Born on July 15, 1940, in Dallas, Texas, he was the son of the late Veryl and Margaret Brown. After graduation from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Robert moved east and graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in1963 and a M.ED. in 1967. As an educator, Robert spent his life doing what he loved, teaching history. After spending six years teaching in Myrtle Beach, SC, Robert continued for another 30 years at Denbigh High School in Newport News where he taught mostly Advanced U.S. History and chaired the Social Studies Department for 26 years. He was a well-loved favorite who taught his students so much more than just names and dates, but rather showed them how the events of our collective past shaped our current present and to learn from history to write a better future. Several of his students were inspired to go into different fields of history because of him. He loved the game show Jeopardy, which was a nightly ritual at home, and seemed to answer every question faster than the contestants. He never wanted to try out, but we are certain he would have given Ken Jennings a run for his money. A man of few words when he spoke, it was always with a dry sense of humor and that little crackly smile of his. After retiring from DHS, he continued to "teach" for ten more years as a costumed interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg. He was amazed that he got paid to dress up and talk about history to tourists when he would have gladly done that for free. Robert loved his dogs and it makes me smile to think of the joyous greetings he received from all our "fur babies." He also read voraciously, particularly history and anything that would teach him something new. Robert is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sarah; son Scott (Katja), son Stephen (Leah); granddaughters Jocelyn and Livia, grandson Raylen; sister Gail Howard (Vince); sister-in-law Betty Davis (Steve); nieces Karen Drake-Whitney (Marc), Sonja Carpenter; nephew Ken Drake; a host of extended family and friends; brothers of the heart Dick Carter, Keith Pennell, and Gil Crippen; and his puppy Barrett. A Celebration of Life will be held at Denbigh United Presbyterian Church officiated by the Reverend Deborah Dail on March 6, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park at 1:00 PM. Due to Covid restrictions, masks and social distancing will be required. The service will be live streamed at 11:00 AM and recorded for later viewing at the Denbigh United Presbyterian Church Facebook page. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, Heritage Humane Society, or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Virginia Gazette on Feb. 27, 2021.
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March 6, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. I had Mr. Brown for social studies at Denbigh High School in 1975. He was an amazing teacher and I'm sure I would have appreciated a long conversation with him later in life!
Rebecca Breen
Student
March 1, 2021
He was my history teacher at Denbigh High in 1976. He made history interesting! God bless his family!
Cory (Rhoades) Alvarado
Student
March 1, 2021
Mr. Brown was my history teacher at Denbigh in 1976. I enjoyed his class because of the way he taught History. Straight forward and sometimes funny. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. I send my condolences to his friends and family. RIP, Mr. Brown
Pat Cherrie
Student
March 1, 2021
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved on in death.
February 28, 2021
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February 28, 2021
I believe Mr Brown taught me in 1981. What a teacher! His fever for History is still on my heart, which I’ve passed to my children also. Take your place in history Mr Brown.
Tony Owens
Student
February 28, 2021
A very good teacher. He was always prepared and had compassion for his students. My sincere condolences to his family.
Carol (Gardner) Woody
Student
February 28, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Lorrie Blood
Coworker
February 28, 2021
It was such a pleasure to know Robert. Dick and I so enjoyed his sense of humor. We are very sorry for your loss.
Joan Owen
Neighbor
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