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.
Myron enjoyed jazz music and playing his trumpet (particularly Taps at veterans' funerals as well as in the orchestra at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection). Running was his hobby and he completed seven marathons, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Lincoln, San Francisco and Indiana. He was a member of the Blue Valley Optimists for years and enjoyed serving as a committee chair of a program to honor student leaders. He also enjoyed serving as a tutor at Oxford Academy and selling Christmas trees to benefit youth programs.
A volunteer at the Church of the Resurrection, personal service projects he highly valued were helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house and going on a mission trip to South Africa. But most importantly, Myron valued people and was a consummate listener. With a phenomenal memory, he seldom forgot a name or a conversation, always engaging others to share what was important to them. Known as a gentleman and a scholar, he was much admired by those who knew him professionally and personally. Particularly proud of his wife and two sons, he cheered them on in their many endeavors.
He became an avid Jayhawk Fan and seldom missed a chance to watch his two sons play football for the University of Kansas. A patriotic man who loved his country, he sang the national anthem with such gusto that he frequently embarrassed his family. When his son, Derek, followed his footsteps and went into the service, he could not have been more proud. He was the greatest campaigner for Nancy's political campaigns, going door to door, pounding in yard signs, and never missing an event.
Married to Nancy Becker for 43 years, they had two sons, Derek (wife Gretchen and grandson Elijah) and Jason (wife Lynn and granddaughter Marli). He was preceded in death by his son, Jason and brother, Bruce. He is survived by sister, Barbara Brown Moll and brother, Max Brown. He leaves a large extended family, including many beloved nieces and nephews.