Glen Everett Brown, M.D. was born in Kennett, Missouri on November 11, 1926 and died on April 20, 2015 in Ripon, CA. He was an only child and his family survived the Great Depression with entrepreneurial pluck. He and his family moved to California when he was ten years old. At 16, he enlisted in the Marines and was involved in some of the major Pacific Theater battles of WWII…Okinawa, Guam, Guadalcanal, Japan and China. He was part of the invading Marine regiment of Allied Forces that secured Yokohama Harbor for the surrender of the Imperial Navy of Japan in September 1945. Returning home, he married “the most beautiful girl” he had ever seen and the love of his long life, Alice Kinder, who happened to live across the street from his parents in Salinas, CA. They were married and had a great love for over 68 years. They had two daughters, Betty June Ingell and Mary Ruth Quirit. He built two homes completely from scratch by himself for his young family in those early years.
After WWII he became a highly-regarded and sought-after professional pilot owning flying schools and agricultural crop dusting businesses. He had a lifelong love of aviation, airplanes and flight, owning and restoring many aircraft. His grand adventure was to fly a sea plane for six weeks in the Alaskan wilderness while hunting large game.
Dr. Brown had a restless and pragmatic spirit and in his early 30’s entered and completed college in two years with a Chemistry degree from SF State University. In 1958 he was admitted to medical school at UCSF. Being somewhat older and considerable wiser than his classmates, he became a beloved big brother, mentor and role model for his colleagues. He completed his internship at San Joaquin General Hospital and started a private Family Practice in Manteca in 1963. He stated his goal as a physician was to care for families and grow old with the families of his patients. He was able to complete that goal, delivering multiple generations of babies in some families before his retirement in the late 1990’s. He was a certified diplomat by the American Academy of Family Physician from its inception. He founded Manteca Medical Group in 1963 in Manteca. He provided clinical and administrative leadership through educating interns, residents, family nurse practitioners and physician assistants throughout his career and also served as the Director of the Family Practice Residency Program at San Joaquin General Hospital during the 1980’s. He served on committees of the California State Board of Medical Quality Assurance, as the Medical Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Program at UC Davis, the Boards of Manteca Hospital/Doctors Hospital of Manteca, the San Joaquin County Medical Society, the Foundation for Health Care of San Joaquin County and a number of other professional organizations. Dr. Brown was highly regarded by his colleagues and patients for being a brilliant clinical practitioner, a wise and thoughtful teacher, and a man of deep and abiding kindness and character, and quiet modesty.
Dr. Brown found solitude and peace in nature and was an avid fisherman and big game hunter. He and Alice loved to do everything together and they loved exposing their children and grandchildren to these adventures. Like many men of the “Greatest Generation” he had many interests and talents and loved all sports. He refereed high school football, was an expert golfer who won many tournaments in his 20’ and 30’s and was a formidable Bridge player in his retirement years with a highly competitive spirit. In his 80’s, he had solar panels installed on his home and zoomed around in his hybrid cars. Life was a fabulous adventure to be lived at full speed.
He will be deeply missed by his devoted wife of 68 years, Alice and daughter Dr. Betty Ingell (Walter) of Ripon, and Mary Quirit (Michael) of Monterey. He leaves a generational legacy of three beautiful and loved granddaughters; Sarah Williams of Napa, Marina Quirit Russo (Marc) of Monterey, and Rachael Romine (Scott) of Woodbridge; as well as four precious great-grandchildren, Amelia Williams, Adelyn (Addy) Romine, Rosemary (Rosie) Romine and Mario Antonio Russo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adelyn and Paul Brown.
A private family memorial is planned. Dr. Brown is unforgettable and irreplaceable and his family adored him. A Giant Sequoia has fallen in an ancient forest. Be free, Oh soul of yours; Soar higher than you’ve ever flown before; For I will find you in a whisper amongst the redwood trees; In the still pocket of a river creek; In the piece of you that is me. Love you with all our hearts!
The family is thankful and appreciative for his superb care at Bethany Home this past year. Remembrances may be made to: Bethany Home Foundation, 930 W. Main Street, Ripon, CA 95366, Soroptimist International of Manteca, Teen Crisis Counseling Program, PO Box 218, Manteca, CA 95336, or the charity/cause of your choice.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, April 24, 2015