The veterinary industry lost a valuable member and personally my family lost a great friend and mentor when Myron Brown, DVM, Stanley, Kan., passed away last Friday.
Myron and my father, Bruce Wren, DVM, PhD, worked together as technical services veterinarians for several years and also worked together on the Western Veterinary Conference for years. My dad says one of the other things he and Myron had in common was they both served as veterinarians in the military; my dad in the Army, Myron in the Air Force.
I also knew Myron for many years through my tenure at Bovine Veterinarian and can attest to the respect and admiration other veterinarians in this industry had for him. Myron will be missed both personally and professionally by the veterinary industry and those veterinarians who called him a friend and a mentor.
What follows is Myron Brown's obituary:
Myron Douglass Brown, DVM, Stanley, Kan., 74, died June 27, 2012, at Villa St. Joseph in Overland Park, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease and Lewy Body Dementia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to SilverLink Ministry at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS 66224. Online condolences may be made at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com.
Myron was born Oct. 27, 1937, in Indianapolis, Ind. He attended Anderson High School in Anderson, Ind., and graduated from Sharon High School in Sharon, Mass. He attended Boston University, the University of Florida and Florida State University before obtaining his veterinary degree from Auburn University in 1962. Upon graduation, he became a member of the Air Force Veterinary Corps, serving in Peshawar, Pakistan, and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
He left the service to go into the animal health industry, where he proudly served as an industrial veterinarian for 39 years. During his professional career he worked for American Cynamid, Abbott Laboratories, Ceva Animal Health, Rhone-Poulenc, Sanofi-Aventis, Sanofi Animal Health, Rhone Merieux and Merck Ag Vet. Author of numerous articles and research papers, Dr. Brown was very active in evaluating and promoting advances in veterinary fluid therapy.
He was closely associated with the Western Veterinary Conference for many years, as a speaker, session chairman, director and exhibits coordinator. He served two terms on the board of directors and functioned as exhibits coordinator from 1996 until 2003. He was also a member of the American Association of Industrial Veterinarians, and served a term as director in the late 70s.