Douglas M. Brown 1942-2019

BOWLING GREEN — Douglas M. Brown, 77, died from complications due to dementia Thursday, June 6, 2019.

He was born Feb. 20, 1942, in Elkins, W. Va., to the late Henry Sr. and Mary Margaret Brown, and grew up in Warren.

Doug graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1960. He was quarterback of the football team and was later inducted into the school’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

He was an Eagle Scout who also achieved Order of the Arrow. Doug received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wittenberg University in 1964. He was a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He went on to earn a master’s in economics from The Ohio State University in 1966 and a Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University in 1969.

After a brief stint on the faculty of Northeastern University, he joined the economics faculty of Georgetown University in 1972 and spent his 35-year academic career there. Doug’s initial research interests centered on urban economics. Later in his career, he conducted research on health economics. He was widely regarded as an entertaining professor who gave tough exams. He embraced the nickname students gave him: Professor D-Minus Brown. Doug and his Georgetown colleagues played bridge at lunch each day and held weekly wine tastings.

A gourmet food and California wine lover, Doug regularly traveled to Northern California to visit wineries. He was an avid runner and competed in the Boston Marathon. He also enjoyed track, golf and hiking. A self-identified hillbilly, he was proud to be from “West by God Virginia” and relished spending time at his log cabin there.

Doug is survived by a son, Jeff of Salt Lake City; a daughter, Susan and her husband, Steve Demuth, of Bowling Green; a brother, David Brown and wife, Ginny, of Ostrander; a brother-in-law, Edward Erick and wife, Sandy, of Fredericktown; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Sally; and his brother, Henry Jr.

The family thanks the staff at Heritage Corner and Bridge Hospice for their care and support. Dunn Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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