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Wootten BROWN M.D.


1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Wootten BROWN M.D. Obituary
BROWN, M.D., Wootten Gilmore Wootten Brown, Jr. M.D. of Austin, passed away on March 22, 2018 just one month shy of his 91st birthday. Wootten was born in Abilene, Texas on April 19, 1927, the son of Zula Leigh Duke and Gilmore Wootten Brown, Sr. He grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from Paschal High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 through 1946. After completing his pre-medical studies at the University of Texas, he graduated from the U. T. Medical Branch in Galveston in 1951, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Brown was a general practitioner in Galveston for six years, before completing a residency in Ophthalmology at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. After moving to Austin in 1961, Dr. Brown practiced ophthalmology for fifty years. He was president of the Travis County Medical Society - 1981-1982; Chief of Staff at Seton Medical Center 1984; and Chief Medical Consultant for the Texas State Commission for the Blind -1963-2003. As an avid outdoorsman, Wootten enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf. He spent many happy days with his wife Neva and the family at their place in Uvalde, hunting and playing at the river. He was a long time member of Austin Country Club where he played with the Munson Bunch and was honored as Sportsman of the Year in 2004. He was a dedicated fan of The University of Texas Baseball team, as well as a Little League coach for the 7-Ups at Northwest Little League for nine years. Wootten loved to read and was a fan of Big Band music and Country music such as Patsy Cline and Ernest Tubbs. When he became unable to play golf, he spent many hours watching old movies from the 30' and 40's. Starting in the 1990's, Wootten began the hobby of crafting beautifully detailed models of famous sailing ships, battle ships and other boats. They are amazing works of art and took years to create. Dr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Geneva Eads Brown. He is survived by his five children and their spouses: Dr. James Brown(Beth), Charles Brown(Cathylynn) and Nancy Brown Johnson, all of Austin; Larry Brown ('Nita) of Fort Myers, Florida and Sally Brown Box(Ves) of Carrollton, Texas; fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Mr. Solomon Egbe, his long-time caregiver and Mrs. Debbie Rosenberg , his physical therapist for their excellent care, dedication and kindness to Dad. A graveside service will be held on May 19th at 3:00 p.m. at the Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX with a reception following. For those desiring, you may also access the online guest registry and obituary at www.wcfish.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 6 to May 17, 2018
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