Richard Rich Alan Brower

September 6, 1953July 20, 2012
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Richard Alan Brower passed away on July 20, 2012. Services will be held at North Chapel in Liberty Station on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 10:00 am. There will be a private burial at Miramar National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the following charities:

Dr. Richard Brower Memorial Fund, 5575 Ruffin Road, Suite 250, San Diego, CA 92123 Donations online: Click on the Donation Link and when prompted to donate or pledge, please opt to donate to this fund

Lifesharing – A Donate Life Organization, 3465 Camino del Rio South, Suite 410, San Diego, CA 92108 Donations online:

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Tribute from the Kaiser Permanente Gastroenterology Department:

Full name: Richard Alan Brower Age at time of death: 58 years old Date and place of birth: September, 1953 - (Staten Island, NY) Cause of death: Intracranial hemorrhage Date of death: 7/20/2012 Place of death: Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA Spouse: Ruhiyyih Brower Date of marriage: October 13, 2007 Survivors: Ruhiyyih Brower (wife); Jessica Brower (daughter); Jason Brower (son) - all of San Diego/La Jolla; Helen Brower (mother) (Greendale, WI); Linda Simmons (sister) (Burlington, WI) Civic, religious or professional organizations: San Diego GI Society (SDGI Society), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) After a distinguished career in the US Navy, when he trained many gastroenterologists, Dr. Brower joined Kaiser San Diego as the 4th gastroenterologist in 1986. His Kaiser colleagues knew that they were very fortunate to have been able to attract and hire one of the best gastroenterologists in San Diego. From the beginning, he demonstrated outstanding clinical ability. He applied his masterful endoscopic expertise, especially in the developing technique of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), to countless patients, sparing many from invasive, surgical procedures. He generously assisted and taught his colleagues and GI fellows who were often amazed that he was as good as internationally prominent endoscopists. If he knew he was as good as he was, he didn’t flaunt it. He was a true professional. It was always about his patients and Kaiser, not him. Dr. Brower was highly motivated and never compromised the quality of his patient care no matter how long the work day. Despite his arduous schedule, he volunteered his time on weekends to perform procedures on those who lack sufficient health care insurance - this through Kaiser Permanente's "Super Saturday" clinics. Consequently, he diagnosed and removed pre-cancereous lesions, thus sparing these people from suffering from progressive cancer. He became Chief of Gastroenterology in 2007 and, despite challenges such as the new electronic medical record and expanding to other locations, he solved problems so calmly and efficiently that his colleagues never knew how hard he was working. He offered his opinions at Regional meetings unhesitatingly and respectfully. Because he led by example, the GI staff willingly cooperated to achieve goals, rather than needing to be pushed. As his department struggles without his leadership, at least it will proceed from the high level of professionalism that he established.

Through his teaching and his expert patient care, Dr. Brower touched countless lives. He saved many lives and provided comfort and palliation to those he could not save. His wife, Ruhiyyih, and children, Jessica and Jason, are dealing with an immense and unexpected loss.

As would be expected, Dr. Brower designated himself as an organ donor, so that his final medical contribution will save and improve the lives of many fortunate transplant recipients.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 28, 2012

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Ruhiyyih Brower

August 22, 2013

I will always love you my dearest husband. You meant the world to me and you have changed my life forever. You were my best friend and the love of my life. I know you will always be with me.
Love Your little Ru Ru

George Doan

August 22, 2013

It has been a little over a year since Rich's passing and I still think of him every day. I was fortunate to have known Rich for over 20 years and in that time we had many great times together. Over this time, I had the chance to really get to know Rich and considered him as my closet friend. Everybody knew the charismatic, fun loving, good guy that Rich was but he was also very compassionate, generous, humble, brilliant and a great doctor. I had never seen Rich happier than he was over his last 5 years. He had a new beautiful wife Ruhiyyih he loved and he could not be more proud of his two children, Jessica and Jason. Rich was blessed in life and he knew it. For me, I miss the date nights with our wives, the boy's nights out, the Charger games, and the vacations we went on together. I also miss the times we will not get to spend together in the future. My two boys also really miss their “Uncle Doctor Rich.” Your memory lives on through your wife, children, and your many friends. You are and continue to be greatly missed. George Doan

Francesca Luna-Rudin, MD

August 11, 2013

I had known Rich for about twenty years. We shared birthdays and many laughs. What I remember most about Rich was his sparkle in his eyes and supremely kind heart. I felt honored to know Him and am forever grateful for his friendship prior to my move away from San Diego to pursue my career in medicine.

To his family I trust that you will keep his memory alive. You were blessed to love him.

To Rich- I will sing for you on our birthday.

Claudia Perez

January 2, 2013

I had the pleasure of knowing Richard through my best and dearest friend Rue who I love and adore. They were the light of each others lifes and made a great couple. Whenever I spent time with them they both carried the same giddy twinkle in their eyes and were so much in love. They complimented each other in every possible positve way. I was in Colorado Springs at a Taekwondo tournament when I heard of the tragedy and dedicated my gold medal to his honor, as he was an honorable husband to my best friend. I wish Rue and the family all the blessings and am so sorry that God took their loved one so early. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely Claudia Perez : )

Michele DiPierro

December 14, 2012

I am truly lucky that I had the opportunity to be a part of witnessing such an amazing event and meet Richard when he married my friend, Ruhiyyih.

Anita, Maria and Rebecca Gomez

November 8, 2012

To the Brower Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Just found out about his passing and had to send out our condolences. He was a wonderful doctor who really helped Anita live a better life. Ru, we cannot imagine the intense pain you must be feeling. We are sorry that you did not have as much time with the love of your life as you both should have. You and and all those who loved him are in our prayers! If we would have known sooner we would not have missed the memorial service. If you need anything, please let us know. God bless all of you.

Jessica Brower

October 27, 2012

Not a day goes by when I don't think about you and cherish our memories. I love you forever Daddy.

Jasmin Reece

September 24, 2012

I left Kaiser a few years back and have just learned of Dr. Brower's passing. He was an awesome guy. He will be missed...

Diana Reed

September 7, 2012

I've been a nurse at Kaiser for many years and had many patients of Dr. Brower's for varying procedures and consults. I am truly saddened and shocked at his passing. Over the years he has become such a strong part of Kaiser, that he will never truly be gone. I know that I will never forget him. My deepest sympathies to his wife and family. He is a man who made his mark on this planet in every sense of the word. He is in God's hands now, but his love and passion for life and people will live on forever. My prayers to all his family and friends who embrace the loss of this amazing man.

Brower Family

September 7, 2012

Happy 59th birthday pops. We love you dearly and you are greatly missed.