Donald LeRoy Brown, M.D. of Ft. Myers, Florida, formerly of West Hartford, CT died on June 28, 2018 at Hope Hospice surrounded by his family. He was born to Eleanor and LeRoy Brown on November 16, 1927 in Orange, NJ. Don was a 1945 graduate of Westfield, NJ High School. After one semester at M.I.T. on a full scholarship he was inducted into the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Antietam CV-36 as an Aviation Electronics Technician from 1945 - 1947. It was during that time he decided he wanted to become a medical doctor. Following military service he went to Lehigh University graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a member of Delta Phi Fraternity. Don was awarded his Medical Degree in 1955 from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Brown completed his internship at Hartford Hospital, followed by a Psychiatric Residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Brown had a full time private Psychiatry practice from 1960 - 1966 in Hartford followed by his career at Hartford Hospital. He held various positions throughout his years there serving as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Transitional Year Internship Program Director before retiring in 1996. Dr. Brown was also Assistant Dean for Medical Education at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington starting in 1987. Don belonged to numerous professional organizations. Among them he was a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Association for Hospital Medical Education of which he was President 1982 – 1984, Connecticut State Medical Society and Hartford County Medical Association. Dr. Brown will always be remembered for his intelligence, marvelous sense of humor, kindness and fairness to all and his love of motorhome travel throughout the United States and Canada. In recent years he'll be remembered for his orange scooter used to get around the community where he lived. During his retirement years in Ft. Myers, Don was a member of SARPA, a social group of Senior and Retired Physicians of Lee County. He also loved and looked forward to Tertulia, a weekly breakfast and discussion group of wise old men. Dr. Brown served on the Master Board of Directors and on his Condo Association at Kelly Greens where he had lived since 2002. He is survived by his wife, Lea and his sons, Peter of Pine Meadow, CT, Douglas and his wife Mary of Portland, OR, Thomas of Honolulu, HI and grandchildren Jared and Meghan. In addition he is survived by Lea's daughters, Jean of CT, Marlene of VT and their families. Don was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Brown and his sister, Barbara Matchett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Brown's memory may be made to Hartford Hospital, Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Ft. Myers FL 33809 or an organization of the donor's choice. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers, Ft. Myers, FL.
Published in Hartford Courant on Jul. 22, 2018.