Dr. Woodrow Brown, 1918-2006
Hotchkiss resident and former Eagle resident Woodrow E. Brown, M.D., died Jan. 28 at the Horizons Care Center in Eckert, Colo. He was 87.Brown was born in Glenwood Springs on April 28, 1918, to George Howard and Pearl Alvena (Personett) Brown. He spent almost all of his childhood and youth in Eagle, graduating from Eagle High School in 1935. He graduated from Grand Junction Junior College in 1937. Unable to continue college, he spent the winter of 1937-38 as a “lettuce tramp” in Arizona and California. He entered Colorado University in the fall of 1938, and gradated with a bachelor’s degree in June of 1940. He was accepted into the Colorado University School of Medicine that fall. He was drafted that year, but got a deferment to continue his studies.
He and Helen Marguerite Brooks of Eagle were married June 21, 1942. She was a school teacher and worked at Remington Arms as Brown pursued his studies. He entered the U.S. Navy as a medical officer in September, and went to Camp Parks, Calif., where he joined the 20th and later the 7th Naval Construction Battalions and went into the Pacific Theater.He went to Pearl Harbor, then to Saipan, and made the beachhead at Okinawa just after Easter. He was there when the war with Japan ended. On his return to the states, he was at Treasure Island Naval Hospital in charge of a minor surgery ward until his discharge. He was considering the Navy as a career, until he was offered the first general practice residency at Colorado University. He accepted that, and spent two valuable years there preparing himself for his life’s work. In 1948, he and a college classmate started the North Fork Medical Clinic in Paonia. He practiced there for 32 years. He was a charter member of the Academy of General Practice.
Helen preceded Woodrow in death in 1976. On Feb. 21,1977, he married Evelyn Audin in Paonia. They would have celebrated 29 years of marriage this month. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Audin Brown of Hotchkiss; a son, Rex S. Brown and daughter-in-law, Patty, of Edwards; daughters Kelsey G. and son-in-law, William Hughes, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Marcina A. and son-in-law, William Strang, of Salida; two step-daughters, Leah Audin of Denver, and Holly Audin of Delta; a daughter-in-law, Joanie Graham of Grand Junction; and a sister, Ruth T. Bowhay, of Grand Junction. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. A son, Hollis W. Brown preceded Woodrow in death
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either of the following organizations: Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO. 81416; the Hotchkiss Public Library, 149 E. Main St., Hotchkiss, CO. 81419; or to the Elks Lodge #1807, P.O. Box 96, Hotchkiss, CO. 81419. No services are planned.Vail, Colorado