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Obituary: Dr. Calvin Reed Brown, MD

Dr. Calvin Reed Brown MD MA DABOM 1926 ~ 2007 Calvin Reed Brown M.D., a general surgeon previously of the staff of St Marks, LDS and Lark Ellen Hospitals, left this earth February 23, 2007 after a life of love, family, joy, music and boundless experiences Dr. Brown was born on July 11, 1926, son of David Alma and Ethel Myrl Peterson Brown in Greenwich Utah, delivered by his father. He was reared on a ranch in Greenwich and educated in public schools at Koosharem Elementary and Richfield and Ephraim High School. He graduated from Snow College at 17 years of age and went on to the University of Utah Medical School at the age of 18 when he entered the army during World War II and returned two years later after service in Germany. He entered Medical School at the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1948 and graduated in 1951. After receiving his medical degree he interned and had general surgery residency at the USPHS Hospital in Staten Island New York. He was then assigned to the Coast Guard and sent to the Korean War on a cutter in the North Sea Area, then sent to the Navy for special training and assigned to a Marine Hospital. He finally retired as a Colonel in the Air Force at Hill AFB after 43 years in the service counting National Guard and Reserve Time. After his service in the Coast Guard, Dr. Brown entered a Cancer Surgery residency at the City of Hope Hospital for cancer and allied diseases. From there he entered a general surgery residency at the Salt Lake General Hospital under Phillip B. Price. Dr. Brown practiced for a while in Kearns, Park City, Kamas and Coalville before accepting a position as a Surgeon in Covina, California. He returned to Utah in 1974, reentered the University of Utah and earned the masters degree in Health Science and passed the boards in Preventative and Occupational medicine and has specialized in that field since. In his 50 years of active practice, Dr. Brown saw thousands of patients in consultation and performed hundreds of General Surgical Operations. Dr. Brown taught surgical Anatomy at the U of U medical school and in the continuing education program. Dr. Brown spent much of his life doing cancer research on the Theory of the time clock gene, that all cancer is genetic and is caused by the destruction of a gene which is present in every cell which turns that cell on and off when growth is needed or not needed. He received a letter from the Nobel committee, concerning some of his earlier publications, now that his theory has nearly been proven to be true. Dr. Brown had nine advanced degrees including a BA, AA, MA, MD, GCPA, LLB, JD, and three PhDs. He published over 50 medical articles in various journals and wrote 30 books on cancer, the history of various organizations, Health sciences and Poetry. Ten of his publications are in the University of Utah Library. Dr. Brown was also active in community affairs having been president of the Chamber of Commerce and Mayor of Charter Oak California. He was also President of the Home Owners Association and on the Mount Olympus Community Council. He ran for State Legislature and National Congress on the Republican Ticket. He is also documented in the "Who's Who of Genius's" in the Country. He was Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at the Lark Ellen Hospital in Covina, California. He held membership in the Salt Lake County Medical Society, the Utah Medical Association and the American Medical Association, receiving numerous physician recognition awards from the AMA. He was a member and president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Secretary and Chaplain of the Utah State Society of the SAR. He served as Surgeon General of the National Society as well as being on the Veterans Committee, Flag Committee, and Music Committee of the National Society. He was also a member of the Veterans Association for Service Men's Activities abroad and served as Surgeon General with that International Organization. He also belonged to the VFW, DAV, American Legion and the Kearns Lions Club. Dr. Brown was a fourth generation descendent of early pioneer families of Utah who suffered the Martins Cove disaster and died on the Platte River eventually settling Grass Valley and making peace with the Indians. He was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as Branch President in the Bremen Germany Branch and Bishop of the Kearns Third Ward. He spent 11 years on the High Council of the Covina Stake in California. He served nine missions for the LDS Church, four of them accompanied by his wife and sweetheart Barbara. The last as medical advisor to the North America Central Area under President Pinnock. He was in the High Priest group leadership of the Mount Olympus North Stake and had a strong testimony of the Gospel and our Savior Jesus Christ. Dr. Brown loved music having sung solos most of his life. He was a member of the Tabernacle Choir from age 17 to 60 (43 years) and was still singing with the Beehive Statesmen and the Regal Tones Barbershop quartet after 70 years of age. He loved to travel having been around the world four times and visited nearly every country in the world. In his younger years he climbed seven of the world's highest mountains in one year and finally at the age of 68 attempted Mount Everest, but had his first chest pains at the 17000 foot level. Dr. Brown married his University of Utah Sweetheart, Barbara June Jenkins (Bingham, UT) in the Manti LDS Temple on Christmas Eve in 1948. He is the proud father of four beautiful children, Cynthia Lee Brown Incze (Michael), Middletown, Rhode Island; Randall Reed Brown (Sherry), Taylorsville, UT; Lisa Brown Lindsay (Mark), Holladay, UT; Tamara Dee Brown Houchen (Jeffrey), St. George, UT; 10 grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Garrett Incze, Angie Brown, Joshua (Danielle) Parker, Crawford and Madison Lindsay, Tyler and Connor Houchen. Dr. Brown felt his children, grandchildren and family were his greatest contribution and asset. He was the father and grandfather who made your wildest dreams become reality and brought new meaning to: "Keep Your Arms and Hands inside the car, good luck and have fun!" Dr. Brown had many hobbies in his life including fishing, hunting, oil painting, skiing, and singing, but his favorite was sharing what he knew and loved with his children and grandchildren and being involved with Scouting. He earned the Eagle badge and the Silver Beaver and the 60 year pin for 60 continuous years as Scout Master, Venture Leader, Explorer Advisor, and Merit Badge Counselor. His favorite job was helping his son and his grandsons earn their eagle badges and helping older boys finish their Eagle requirements before they turned 18. He took some marvelous trips with the scouts into Canada, Guatemala and Mexico. He lived the Scout Law to the fullest. Dr. Brown was the 10th of 11 children born to David Alma and Ethel Myrl Petersen Brown and is preceded in death by three brothers Grant, Royal (Bus) and Hugh and six sisters Blanch, Georgia, Crystal, Byrl, Ruby and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Barbara, four children and ten grandchildren and one sister Hazel Gunderson of Mt. Pleasant, UT. Dr. Brown wishes to thank his many friends, and relatives, patients, colleagues and classmates, who have expressed countless thoughts of interest and concern in his behalf and those doctors and nurses who cared for him at the VA Nursing Home and the Ge