Frederick G. Brown, 82, of Danville PA passed away peacefully surrounded by
his family on February 24, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA.
He was born August 19, 1935 in Pittsburgh PA the son of the late Albert G.
and Elizabeth Gerdts Brown. He was a native of Duquesne PA.
graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown PA in 1953, Dartmouth College in
Hanover NH in 1957, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in
Brown spent two years at George F. Geisinger Hospital in Danville PA as an
Intern and Resident in Internal Medicine from 1961 to 1963. After spending
1963 to 1965 serving in the United States Public Health Service in Helena
MT, he completed his training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the
Cleveland Clinic from 1965 to 1967. He spent one year working under Willem
Kolff, the developer of the Artificial Kidney, from 1967 to 1968 at the
University of Utah College of Medicine, where he developed the Home Dialysis
Training Program. He then returned to Geisinger to start the Department of
Nephrology and develop the Dialysis Unit. While at Geisinger he served as
the Director of the Department of Nephrology for 25 years and as the
Director of the Dialysis Unit for 20 years. He later served as the Director
Emeritus of the Nephrology Department until he retired in 1999.
Professionally, he served on the Governorís Renal Disease Advisory
Committee. He also was the first Chairman of the End-Stage Renal Disease
Network that oversaw the Dialysis and Transplant Programs in Central and
Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Dr. Brown was President of the
Pennsylvania Society of Nephrology from 1987 to 1989 and was a member of
both of American and the International Society of Nephrology and of the
American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. Dr. Brown held Board
Certifications in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology. His memberships
also included the American Medical Association and he was Chairman of the
Board of the Keystone Peer Review Organization (KePro) in Harrisburg for 19
Locally, he served 16 years as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Montour County
Medical Society and was active in the Pennsylvania Medical Society where he
was a member of their Board of Trustees for nine years.
Fredís greatest passions in life was music. He loved playing the piano and
was an accomplished organist. He played for several community musicals
including the Danville Community Singers for several years. Fred was the
Organist at Grove Presbyterian Church from 1974 to 2012. His membership and
service at Grove Presbyterian also included the Board of Deacons and The
Session. Beyond his significant medical accomplishments, he was a devoted
family man and found great joy spending time with his loving and loyal
dachshunds throughout his life.
survived by one son, Derick Brown and his wife Elsa of Bethlehem PA, and one
daughter, Jessica Braun and her husband Douglas of Ashburn VA. Also
surviving are five grandsons; Emmett, Ely and Eric Brown and Christopher and
Connor Braun. His former wife, Helen Jean Benfer, also survives him. He is
also survived by one brother, Bennett Brown and his wife Nancy of Fort
Meyers FL and one sister, Melinda Beard and her husband Philip of Fox Chapel
PA. He was preceded in death by two sisters; Suzanne Martha Brown and
Priscilla Beth Brown.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Fredís Life to
be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Grove Presbyterian Church
358 Bloom Street Danville PA with the Reverend Dr. Robert J. Andrews, Pastor
Emeritus, officiating. Friends will be received from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM
in the Great Room of the Church. A Private Interment will be held in the
Grove Presbyterian Memorial Garden.
The family will
provide flowers. Memorial Contributions in Dr. Brownís memory may be made to
Grove Presbyterian Church 376 Bloom Street Danville PA 17821.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 42 West
Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821. www.visneski.com.