Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary & Cemetery

800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV


Dr. Richard W. Brown Jr.

August 21, 1921January 25, 2020

Dr. Richard W. Brown Jr., age 98, of Boulder City, Nevada passed away on Saturday January 25, 2020. Richard was born to Richard W. Brown and Mae E. Brown, on August 21, 1921 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Richard graduated from Reading High School in 1939. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, a VMD from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard was employed in private practice and then served as a veterinarian in 1946 for UNRRA on ships transporting draft horses to European countries devastated during World War II. He was research fellow in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota (1947-1951), where he earned his PhD degree. Richard became a principal research veterinarian in the USDA in charge of mastitis research at the Animal Disease Station, Beltsville, Maryland and then the National Animal Disease Laboratory, Ames, Iowa until his retirement.

Richard was a member of the planning committee for the latter laboratory dedicated in 1961. He was a member of Sigma XI Research Society, the New York Academy of Sciences and Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. After retirement, he and his wife Betty moved to Boulder City, Nevada.

In 1982, Richard enrolled in numerous UNLV Continuous Education courses pertaining to the desert. He enjoyed hiking and participated in desert hikes sponsored by the U.S National Parks Service at Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon, as well as, guided desert trips with the UNLV faculty. He also enjoyed playing golf before and after retirement.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife Betty J. Brown after 68 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughters: Ellen, Alyce and Anne.


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Dr. Richard W. Brown Jr.

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Marigail Jury

January 29, 2020

Dear Ellen, Alyce and Anne.

I’m so sorry that your Dad has passed away. After reading his obituary I learned even more about him and what he accomplished in his long life. I visited him and your Mom twice, once in Ames and once in Nevada. It was a pleasure I remember with great fondness. Even so recently in his last years he wanted his microscope and a slide of a particular white spider! Wow. If we could all maintain such passions as we grow older. My thoughts and prayers are always with you
Marigail Jury

Diana Cox

January 29, 2020

Ellen, Alyce, Richard and Ann,
My deepest sympathies to all of you. You were all so good to your dad. I know how much he enjoyed the time you spent with him and all your help in the last few years.
Your dad was a very scholarly gentleman and made our world better through his work in veterinary medicine.
I enjoyed the visits I had with he and your mother. They were always such great hosts.
I know you have lots of wonderful memories to sustain you in your loss of your dad.