Frank Harlen “Doc” Brown, 91, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Tallahassee.
Frank was married to Virginia Mae (Thomas) Brown for 66 years before her passing in 2007.
Brown, a retired public school superintendent, was born in Rushsylvania, Ohio. He graduated from Bellefontaine High School and went on to receive the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University.
He served as a rifleman with the United States Army’s 96th Infantry Division in the amphibious assault to liberate the Philippines in World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals for his actions and for his wounds sustained in combat.
Brown had a lengthy and distinguished career as an educator. He was coordinator of the Ohio State House Conference on Education in 1960. He served as superintendent of schools in Canal Winchester, Ohio; Bedford, Ohio; and West Aurora, Illinois.
A Kiwanian for over 30 years, he also was active in the United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school for several years. In his final years, he became a Floridian. His personality--to the end--matched the sunshine in the state.
He leaves a daughter, Beth Blair (husband Curt); two beloved grandchildren Joy Adele Stubbs (husband Chuck) and Ruel William Smith (wife Amy); and four treasured great-grandchildren Charlie Stubbs, Mary Harlen Stubbs, Ruel Alden Smith, and Reid Jameson Smith; as well as his sister Charlotte Hall of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to wife Virginia, Frank was predeceased by his son 1st Lt. Ruel Harlen Brown, while mobilized with the Ohio Air National Guard in 1968, and by his three brothers, Lowell, Perk, Carol, and his sister, Thelma.
Plans are being made for a service celebrating his life to be held later in Bellefontaine and East Liberty, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32308.