1924 - 2014
Dr. Roy Hershel Brown of Huntington, NY passed away on January 30, 2014 at the age of 89, after a four-month struggle with lymphoma.
Dr. Brown was born in Cayo Mambi, Cuba on August 2, 1924, and was raised in Jamaica, West Indies. Roy came to the United States to attend Fordham University, majoring in pre-med. He attended medical school in Zurich, Switzerland, where he met his wife Lilly. Dr. and Mrs. Brown celebrated 61 years of marriage on January 29, 2014.
In 1961, Dr. Brown moved his young family to Huntington, Long Island, after taking a position as an emergency room physician at Huntington Hospital. Dr. Brown is fondly remembered for delivering countless babies and caringly treating numerous patients for a wide range of ailments. Dr. Brown also established a family practice on Depot Road in Huntington, where he generously treated members of the community without regard to their ability to pay.
Dr. Brown completed a fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in 1968, and was one of the first board certified physiatrists.
Dr. Brown went on to become the first Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Trump Pavilion for Nursing and Rehabilitation at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Brown touched the lives of tens of thousands of patients during his 58-year medical career.
Roy was an active member of his community, who enjoyed chess, reading, meditation, Qi Gong and travel. His travels included China, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, Peru, Europe, the Middle East and, most recently, Egypt and the Grand Canyon.
Roy lived a full life. He was known as a young 89, vibrant and active to the end. In his later years, Roy began a new career path within medicine, where he quickly became highly respected by his colleagues for his depth of knowledge and wisdom. He made countless friends throughout his life, and continued to work actively until his hospitalization.
Visitation hours are 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Monday, February 3rd at M. A. Connell Funeral Home located at 934 New York Avenue, Huntington Station. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 4th at 9:45 am at the Church of Saint Patrick in Huntington with interment to follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park.
Dr. Brown is survived by his wife Lilly, his five children Geraldine, Laurence, Christopher, Anthony and Andrew; and ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huntington Manor Firehouse, 1650 New York Avenue, Huntington Station in memory of Dr. Roy H. Brown for the sacrifices and selfless service that they provided to our family during our time of need, and that they continue to provide daily to the community at large.
Published in New York Times from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2014.