Harry John Brown Jr.
March 9, 1941 – May 18, 2018
CDR Harry J Brown, Jr, CEC, USN, 77, a professional engineer, died the morning of May 18th at INOVA-Fairfax Hospital. Harry was born in Louisville, KY and is a graduate of the University of Louisville Speed School and its ROTC program, from which he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He had a decorated 22 year military career, during which time he served as a Seabee in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, among other honors. He then enjoyed more than 25 years working as a civil engineer in the Washington, DC metro area. He is survived by his wife, three children, and five grandchildren. A memorial service to be held at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a later date.
- Funeral Service Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Harry John Brown Jr.
October 24, 2018
Mr. Harrry Brown was my supervisor for quite a few years in Washington, DC. I have never met in my employment with this company for over 38 years a more honorable, beautiful person than Harry. It was an honor to work under him and I will never forget him as long as I shall live. I am just grateful that I had the chance to know him and if I had to choose the way I would want to treat people, it would be the Harry Brown way. May God Bless his family and how fortunate they are to have had him in their lives.
October 23, 2018
Some of my fondest, funniest and most memorable memories come from our days as college roommates such as the following:
- the time then and forevermore when a Chinese exchange student came up to Harry and said - " My brothers name is Larry - that's short for Lawrence - your name is Harry - is that short for Hawrence?" And so it went for the rest of our years - he was Hawrence (he even signed cards that way)
- or his first car in college that burned so much oil that we truly checked the gas and added oil whenever we went out
- or the following philosophical statement that Harry crafted which really captured his outlook on life: "Life is like a tube of toothpaste - the more you work, the more you get out of it - and just when you think it's empty, there's always a little left"
Rest in Peace good friend !!!
October 22, 2018
When I think of Harry, I think of calm. No matter the situation, I never saw Harry raise his voice or show anger to a situation in the workplace. I always observed him as even tempered with the ability to measure his words and actions.
My condolences are to the entire Brown Family. I pray that you can reflect on those special times, funny times and emotional times with Harry as your days move forward without him.
October 21, 2018
I have some photos of Johnny from his childhood and later, including his visit with us in Hanover after Vietnam. (I'll bring those on a flash drive since I could not download them to this site.)
That visit brings back good memories. For example, he skied down the trail at Woodstock without a turn, ran through a snow fence laughing at how less risky it was than Vietnam. When a snowstorm kept him from returning to base, he built a snow fort for our children. And of course, he met Ilse in Hanover where she was a Hitchcock nurse.
We'll miss Johnny and his good nature. We all were proud of him and his accomplishments. Hope his early training for the priesthood will give him an in with the Almighty such that he can say a good word for all of us.
May 26, 2018
I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to Harry's family. May your many fond
memories of him help you to get through this most difficult time. Pray to God
for the strength to cope with your loss. He will help because God cares for you.