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    Brown, Charles Harmon "Doc"

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    Charles Harmon "Doc" Brown 1930 - 2008 Charles Harmon "Doc" Brown of San Mateo, CA, died November 11 after a brief battle with cancer. Brown was born in Washington, DC, on November 7, 1930 and moved to Anna Maria Island in Florida as a young boy. He returned to Washington to attend high school and graduated from McKinley Tech High as a National Honor Society member and an accomplished sprint hurdler. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, on an academic scholarship, where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in chemistry in 1952. Following college, Brown attended George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he met his first wife Margaret Lucille "Betty" Lambert. After graduation in 1956 they married and moved to Atlanta, where Brown was an intern, resident, and chief resident of Internal Medicine at Emory Univ. Hospital. Drafted into the Navy in 1961, Brown was transferred to the West Coast, where he became a Lt. commander at the US Naval Radiological Defense Lab in San Francisco. He also joined the staff of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, a connection he maintained until his illness this year. Following his naval service, Brown took a position at the VA Hospital in Livermore, and eventually moved on to direct Student Health Services at Cal State University Hayward, retiring in 1990 but remaining active as a consultant. An early advocate of women's track and field, Brown began coaching in 1953 and went on to coach at the club, school, collegiate and national level. Along with his coaching duties, Brown was a fixture at track and field and cross country meets, and at road races in California and throughout the world, serving as an official, physician, and drug-testing coordinator. Throughout his career, "Doc" worked tirelessly to support and expand scientific research to help athletes, coaches, trainers, and sports medicine physicians. Harmon Brown died surrounded by his loving family and close friends. He is survived by his wife Eula Love "Lovie" Merrihew Brown; brother, William Tenney Brown and sister-in-law Judy Brown; daughter Martha Brown and son-in-law Breck Tyler; son Charles Brown, daughter-in-law Zephyr Brown, grandson Isaac Brown, granddaughter Gabrielle Brown Wing and her mother Sydney Wing; cherished friend Susi Lavanita Katoa; along with countless friends around the world. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, supportive coach and mentor, dedicated physician and scientist, and generous friend. A Memorial Service will take place at Hillsdale United Methodist Church in San Mateo on Saturday, December 13 at 1 pm. The family prefers memorial gifts be sent to the C. Harmon Brown Memorial Fund, USA Track & Field, 132 E. Washington St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204; the Hillsdale United Methodist Church, 303 W. 36th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403; or to a favorite charity.

    Published in the San Francisco Chronicle on 11/22/2008