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J. Brooks Brown

October 31, 1920 ~ January 4, 2018 (age 97)
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Message from John Gilman
January 5, 2018 10:48 PM

I had the privilege of working with Dr. Brown while serving as Controller of Memorial Hospital from 1974 to 1983. He was a true Christian leader and a fine business man. The world is a better place due to his efforts.
Message from fredericksrorpha@bellshouth.net
January 8, 2018 2:00 PM

John Gilman, thank you for posting. Would you please share a contact I can use to get in touch with you. Orpha
Message from eyemca@gmail.com
January 7, 2018 8:50 AM

I knew Brooks as a friend and colleague for nearly 40 years. He was a superb surgeon, an untiring educator, a physician who truly understood, and got the "Big Picture", when it came to patient healthcare needs locally and nationally, a man who enjoyed a diverse and always interesting life, someone who possessed a deep personal and religious commitment to making Jacksonville a better place for us all to live, and above all, a true and committed friend. Brooks was unique and will be missed. Kevin McAuliffe, M.D.
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A candle was lit by The Reverend Ella Breckenridge and Carrie Motes on January 8, 2018 11:10 AM
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A candle was lit by Freida Platt McMillan on January 8, 2018 6:28 PM
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A candle was lit by Freida Platt McMillan on January 8, 2018 6:44 PM
I had the honor and privilege to work for Dr. Brown over a 28 year span, retiring in 2002 as Payroll Manager. He and his wife Helen were the kindest and genuinely most caring couple I have ever known. Upon my mother's death, he and Ms. Helen gave me spiritual books inscribed with personal messages from each of them along with a generous gift. I cherish these items immensely. He, in my eyes, was an incredible man who asked if he could share my lunch table in the cafeteria a few times when he saw me sitting alone and I felt so honored. I found him to be the most interesting men I have ever met....brilliant ! He touched many lives and will be sorely missed but definitely left his "mark" here on Earth. God Bless to family, friends and Ms. Orpha Wiseman whom he trusted and loved dearly.
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A candle was lit by Lana Bean on January 9, 2018 1:14 PM
Message from Burke Allen
January 10, 2018 9:04 AM

It was a privilege to have known Brooks and Helen. Our meetings were few but always full of joy when we gathered. Brooks was a great man to family, society and church. He set an example for many to follow and he will be missed. Brooks and Helen were always kind to me and remembered me at Christmas. My prayers are with Brooks and the family.
Burke Allen
Message from Lauri-Ellen Smith
January 11, 2018 6:12 AM

My deepest sympathies to the family and the extended Brooks family. I was privileged to serve as the first Director of Marketing and PR for the Rehab system, under his outstanding leadership and mentorship. I will always cherish great memories of the experience and opportunities he created for many of us. Every conversation with JBB was a learning experience and a lot of laughter. He is reunited with his beloved Helen, and I hope you take some comfort in that. God Bless.
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A candle was lit by alethea harris on January 14, 2018 2:25 AM
Message from Thomas E. Washington (son of Josephine MacKnight Washington)
January 15, 2018 12:24 PM

Although I did not know Dr. Brown personally, I knew of him through family connections and extend to the family my heartfelt condolences.
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A candle was lit by Malisa Teart from Bartram Crossing on January 15, 2018 12:59 PM
Message from Nancy Pace Ford
January 16, 2018 5:47 PM

am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I remember the fond relationship your father and mother had with my dad (The Rev Jack Pace) and I remember going to school with you at Grace Chapel. what a wonderful man your father was.
Message from Nicole Andrews, member of St. John's Cathedral
January 16, 2018 8:54 PM

I knew of Brooks and Helen Brown the entire 25 years that I've attended St. John's because of their generosity and tremendous contributions to everyone they came in contact with. I had the privilege of sitting with them at a dinner in Taliaferro Hall and how delightful they were. Being older pillars of the church (and community) you couldn't tell our age difference as they were funny, engaging, and current as I hung on their every word. I pray to be like them when I'm their age. May God's peace soothe the family's hearts.
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A candle was lit by Barbara Fiser on January 17, 2018 6:46 AM
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A candle was lit by Barbara Fiser on January 17, 2018 6:51 AM
Truly a great man, a beautiful soul. He accomplished so much, yet he was humble, approachable, gentle and kind.
Message from Marshall A. Burns, M D
January 24, 2018 2:50 PM

Dr. Brooks Brown was not only a great surgeon but a great man as well. I opened my Cardiology practice in 1968 in Riverside next to St. Vincent's. Not long after I received a call from Brooks asking me to come to Memorial Hospital on the southside where I grew up. He placed me as Chief of EKG for 31 years ultimately with 28 cardiologists. Also placed me on the Board of Directors and Chief of Cardiology for several years. Have been teaching EKG all over Phoenix for 17 years. Was elected to the panel of Marquette Computerized EKG for 19 years and this year picked as first Cardiologist in 12 years to the Philips panel. Thanks to JBB for utilizing my strong points and furthering my career. He will always be loved and never forgotten.
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A candle was lit by Bill and Ruby Fouraker on January 24, 2018 6:51 PM
Message from Ruby Fouraker
January 24, 2018 7:04 PM

What a pleasure it was to have know Brooks over the years. He has done so much for the community and for St John's Cathedral. He and his wife Helen shared such a beautiful bond of devotion to each other that was always visible to everyone. Both he and Helen radiated love to all around them and were such an inspiration and models of true Christianity.
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A T216-1A Loving Lilies and Roses was sent on February 1, 2018

With deepest condolences from the entire Jacksonville University Family, home of the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences. We are proud to bear your family name. President and Mrs. Tim Cost and The Office of University Advancement

Message from Sherry Smith
February 1, 2018 9:08 PM

Around 1961, my husband, Greg Smith, then 9 years old was ran over by a car in the forest near Lake City, Florida. Dr. Brown performed 3 major surgeries on Greg during a 24 hour time period. During one of those surgeries, Greg’s heart stopped beating. Dr. Brown, determined that Greg would live, massaged his heart to beat again. Greg spent months in Baptist hospital in Jacksonville where Dr. Brooks would pick Greg up in his arms and carry him around the hospitals floor. Tonight Greg was speaking of counting his blessings and mentioned Dr. Brown and how he would like to speak to him about that time in his life. He felt sure Dr. Brown would remember him. I googled Dr. Brown in hopes of planning a trip to see him with Greg. I was terribly sad to read of his passing. Though I never knew him, he has always held a place in my heart for saving Greg’s life. In the past years Greg has undergone abdominal surgery and the surgeons were truly amazed at the scar tissue and efforts made to save his life so many years ago.
Blessings to those he leaves behind!
Message from Steve Wise
February 5, 2018 9:07 AM

Jacksonville would not be the same without Dr. Brown's leadership and energy. He was a great mentor, friend, and inspiration. My sincerest condolences.
Message from donald fort
February 6, 2018 1:52 PM

Beverly and Brooks, My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to both of you. Your friend and neighbor. Don
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A candle was lit by Muriel Whelchel on February 6, 2018 8:14 PM
My husband, the late Dr C Davis WhelcheL III, held Dr Brown in the highest regard as did I. He and Helen were two of the most gracious people we ever had the privilege to know
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A candle was lit by Dr. Gordon Ira, Jr on February 7, 2018 11:48 AM
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A T208-1A Dreams From the Heart was sent on February 7, 2018

Brooks' love for Helen is best described in Elizabeth Browning's Sonnet: "How Do I Love Thee " Brooks' strength and courage are best described in Rudyard Kipling's Poem: "If" We all love you and we will all miss you.

Message from Karen, Jacksonville
February 19, 2018 2:52 PM

Dear Brown Family,
My heart goes out to you on the loss of your dear father. I had the privilege of meeting both your mother and father at some events at UNF. Grace,warmth and a caring hearts and a love of people were evident from the very first meeting. His legacy will live on especially on the UNF campus by all the love shown to our students by their philanthropy. May the love of family and friends bring you comfort during this time of sorrow. May these few verses help to ease the pain in your hearts. Isaiah 41:10,13.
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