Robert E. Brown

December 16, 1950July 9, 2018
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Brown, Robert E., age 67, of Arlington, Virginia, passed away on July 9, 2018. He was born and grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. Bob was a graduate of Seton Hall University and met his wife Harriet while doing postgraduate work at Georgetown University. He and his family lived in Arlington, Virginia.

Bob proudly served for over 36 years as a Federal Civil Servant including as an executive as the Associate Director for Administration and Budget at the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement and at the U.S. Minerals Management Service. He also had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. and Norfolk, Virginia as well as serving with the Small Business Administration. For his exemplary leadership, Bob was awarded the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award in both 1998 and 2005. He also received numerous other distinguished service awards for his Federal service over the years.

As an avid sports fan, Bob was a particularly passionate true fan of football (soccer). He was closely involved with the Official Liverpool F.C. Supporters Club of Washington, D.C., as well as the Screaming Eagles and La Barra Brava supporter groups of D.C. United. Bob also participated in supporting the artistic efforts of his children through the St. Mark’s Players at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. and the World Children’s Choir in Virginia.

Bob is survived by his family: beloved husband of Harriet; loving father of Sarah Dayton (Charles), Abigail, and Andrew (Jessica); cherished grandfather of Jonathan and Mary Dayton; dear brother of Catherine Lucyk (James); uncle of Katelynn and Ashley Lucyk.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 3-5 PM at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation which changes the lives of children by providing musical instruments they could not otherwise afford at


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Paul Bjornsen

July 14, 2018

Forever in song, forever in my heart - the realization of YNWA.

Wayne Scholes

July 12, 2018

Passion. I think about Bob, and I think about how passionate he was about the things he believed in, and loved. He and I became friends through our mutual love for Liverpool Football Club. He talked with me about two things: His family, and Liverpool F.C. I know he was a DC fan as well, but these are the two things he and I discussed. I was honoured to meet Bob in Liverpool, and have a wonderful weekend where we were able to spend some time together, go to a match together, and talk about these passions. I took his LFCDC supporters club scarf with me to Kiev this year for the final. I know he liked that.

His knowledge, class, decency, kindness, and his passion will always be what I think of when I think of Bob. I will think of him often, at the games, and whenever we discuss football I shall miss his opinion and intelligence. God speed Bob. Proud to call you my friend. See you again.

Scott Sewell

July 11, 2018

I wish I could be there Friday to toast Bob with you all. His demeanor could elicit a calm and reassuring feeling in the middle of the chaos of government. His advice could always be counted on and when asked what could be done when there was no easy answer, he would sit back, raise his eyebrows, put his hands together and simply say we should do the best that we can. I will honor his memory with a drink on Friday at the same time here in New Orleans. Scott Sewell, former Director, U.S. Minerals Management Service

Jane Lyder

July 11, 2018

Bob made me laugh. And he was passionate about what I was passionate about. We both loved our St Louis daughters & grandchildren, DC United, the English premier league, peace & justice, our government jobs, our families & our friends. We shared the same sense of outrage over politics & mean people. We were born the same year -- I'm a month older -- and had similar upbringings. I will miss him and I hope his family know how many people loved knowing him.