Dr. Dan Brown

Born in Roanoke, VA on May 26, 1939

Departed on December 30, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Dr. Dan Brown Age 79, passed away December 30, 2019 in Nashville, TN. Dr. Brown is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest M. Brown and Katherine Andrews Brown; son, Charlie Brown; sister, Mary Kate Akin, and brother, Michael Brown.

Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, June Brown; daughter Katherine Brown and sister, Rebecca Hutto.

The family will accept friends for visitation on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Celebration Hall at West Harpeth Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to St. Luke’s Community House, 5601 New York Ave., Nashville, TN 37209.

Dan was born in Roanoke Virginia to Katherine Shirley Andrews and Ernest Mason Brown on May 26, 1939. He was the oldest of four children and a loving brother to siblings Becky, Mary Kate, and Mike.  He met June Stinson in 1955 and they became sweethearts at age 16.  They married in 1960 and had one son Charlie in 1960 and a daughter Katherine in 1964.

Dan attended Duke University as an undergraduate and went to graduate school at University of Illinois where he earned a PhD in Civil Engineering. He taught Civil Engineering at University of Illinois for several years, and in 1969, the family moved to Nashville, Tennessee where Dan started teaching at Vanderbilt University.  He was an avid basketball fan and enjoyed cheering on Vandy’s basketball team.  He was also an avid sailor and spent weekends sailing at Percy Priest Lake.

Dan left teaching for industry in 1984 and moved with June to Kansas City, Missouri to work for Andrew Corporation designing cell phone towers. He enjoyed the opportunity to travel overseas on business and especially enjoyed trips to Argentina and to Paris.  Work took Dan and June to the Chicago, Illinois area in 1986, and they enjoyed exploring the city’s museums and restaurants.  They moved to Denton, Texas in 1990, and Dan was an active member of the local sailing club in Denton.  He retired from Andrew while living in Texas.  Dan and June moved back to Tennessee in 1996 and were happy to reunite with their Nashville friends and family.

During retirement, Dan and June enjoyed a number of trips with the Elderhostel organization, hiking and exploring national parks.   Dan also enjoyed taking his sailboat on long trips motoring Tennessee’s waterways.  He even took the Tom Bigby waterway from Nashville down to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  He emailed summaries of his journeys to friends and family and commented in an email in April 2001 “With all this solitude, I began to wonder why anyone would do this.  To get away from where you are…to get to somewhere you’ve never been…maybe to get back to a place you once were.”

Dan was known for his gentle caring nature, his calm demeanor, and his wonderful sense of humor and will be dearly missed by all who had the chance to know and love him.

5 Comments to Dr. Dan Brown

  1. Peg and David Gibson
    December 31, 2018 5:20 pm

    One of the gentlest, smartest men we’ve ever known. HIs struggle is over, but he will be missed very much.

  2. Kathy Hargrave
    January 3, 2019 12:30 pm

    Dan’s life is truly one to celebrate. He had a positive impact on everyone he met. Fair winds and following seas, Dan.

  3. Matlock family
    January 3, 2019 3:53 pm

    We are so truly sorry for the loss of Dan. Our loving Creator wants to comfort you with his promise that soon, “God…will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4) May this promise bring you comfort and hope.

  4. Tinker
    January 5, 2019 11:16 pm

    Uncle Dan was a very kind and very interesting man. He will be missed but for sure never forgotten. May your seas in Heaven be calm for you now Dan , 🙏🏻

    June and Katherine, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you both.❤️❤️

  5. Bob Stammer
    January 28, 2019 12:45 pm

    Dear June, Katherine, and Family,

    I was very sad when I learned of Dan’s passing. Dan was both a friend and a mentor to me. He was my academic adviser at Vanderbilt in the 70’s, and taught me two transportation courses in 1971 and 1972. This sparked a life-long interest in transportation engineering, and two advanced degrees in civil engineering (Transportation) at Ga. Tech and UT, and 38 years of blessed teaching at Vanderbilt. Our lives were intertwined in several ways after my Vanderbilt graduation.

    Dan took a sabbatical and I was asked to teach the introductory transportation course in the Spring of 1978 while I was working full-time for the TN DOT between my Masters and Ph.D. degrees. He returned to Vanderbilt, but wanted to teach “Probabilistic Methods” upon returning so I taught the intro transportation course again in Spring of 1979l The teaching bug had bitten. So Dan helped me become a professor by his sabbatical.

    Despite the degree from UT, Vanderbilt hired me anyway in the Fall of 1981 and we were professors together briefly in the early 80’s. We both are also Past Presidents of the now closed University Club of Nashville, which we both enjoyed. The U. Club is the last place I saw him several years ago. I wish that I had been more intentional in staying in touch. Hopefully, he is looking down and smiling at this story of how “his life influenced mine!”

    Today we have a large number of our CE undergraduates who go into transportation engineering as a career. We have a growing graduate student population and a very robust research center called VECTOR (VandErbilt Center for TranspOrtation Research.

    I guess Dan might be considered the “Grandpa” of all this. He loved to sail in life and his transportation legacy will “sail on” long after I retire in a few more years. May God keep him in the palm of His hand with the wind to his back! And may God comfort his family and friends. Remember the memories and the good times! Thanks, Dan!

    Gratefully,

    Bob Stammer, Ph.D., P.E.
    (aka “Doc Bob”)

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