Elwyn S Brown M.D.

September 1, 1920May 4, 2013

Elwyn S. Brown, M.D., 92, of Kansas City, MO passed away May 4, 2013. Visitation will be held 10-11 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 9 at Red Bridge United Methodist Church, 636 E. 117th St., Kansas City, MO 64131. Dr. Brown was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Red Bridge United Methodist Church. A member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, he achieved three degrees from the University of Iowa including his M.D. in 1950. Dr. Brown spent 12 years at the Roswell Park Institute in Buffalo, New York (a cancer treatment center) doing research on the absorption of carbon dioxide in anesthetic circuits. He held numerous patents which impacted the development of modern anesthesia equipment. He then moved to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO where he was the Anesthesiologist-in-Chief for 21 years, retiring in 1985. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan; a daughter, Bonnie (Asher) Ertel of Kansas City; a son, Rick (Leslie) Brown of Overland Park, KS; a brother, Dean (Maeola) Brown of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; and four grandchildren, Sean and Gary Smith and Abby and Sadie Brown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Bridge United Methodist Church. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 9, 2013

Elwyn S Brown M.D.

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Peg Prendergast

May 9, 2013

Joan, you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. What a full life your husband had.

Bob Ward

May 8, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Dr. Brown. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Joan, my sincerest condolences go to you and the family.

Dorothy J. Berry

May 7, 2013

Joan and family,
I am sorry to read of the death of "Brownie". I was a student nurse anesthetist that he taught pediatric anesthesia in 1967, he then hired me and I retired from Children's Mercy Hospital in 2009. We did research papers together, enjoyed our Epiphany dinner at your home each year until he retired. I always felt that he respected my work and was very supportive of nurse anesthetists. He was years before his time in all that he knew, the research he did and if we needed a piece of equipment, he made it in his office. He taught many anesthesia providers and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was so proud of Bonnie and Rick though I know he spent many, many hours at the hospital he always shared stories of the children. Our prayers are with you and his brother, Dean. Fondly, Dorothy J. Berry and also Marilee W. Fisher.

Reg and Margaret Brumbaugh

May 7, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.