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Joseph Daniel "Dan" Brown III, MD

January 2, 1934September 11, 2021

Joseph Daniel “Dan” Brown III, MD, 87, passed away Sept 11, 2021 at approximately 8:30 pm. A “Virginian by the Grace of God,” Dan Brown was born in Norfolk, Virginia on January 2, 1934 to Margaret Dix Brown and Joseph Daniel Brown, II. He served as an acolyte at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Dan graduated with honors from Granby High School in 1952 where he was a member of the band as well as a state champion wrestler. At the University of Virginia, he was a member of the wrestling team as well as the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and The Raven Society. While at the University, he met and, on August 25, 1956 after both graduating from the University, married nursing student, Kathryn Amelia Engquist (Kae). After graduation and marriage, Dan entered the University of Virginia Medical School where he received his medical degree in 1960. They were blessed with five children, Barbara Brown Bonheur (Ronn) of Norfolk, VA, Major General Joseph D. Brown, IV (Sue), John Fauntleroy Brown, Benjamin Armistead Brown, II (Mieko) of Springfield, VA, and Ernest N. D. Brown (Lisa) of Hamilton, VA.

Dr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Kae Brown (Aug. 27, 2011), and children, John Fauntleroy Brown (Dec 30, 1986) and Major General Joseph Daniel Brown IV and his daughter-in-law Sue Stanger Brown (April 13, 2013). Dr. Brown is survived by his sister, Francis Anne Stocking (Donald) of Rancho Santa Margarita, California; his 3 remaining children, Barbara; Ben, and Ernie, and by 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

After graduating from medical school, he joined the United States Air Force as a flight physician. Dan (accompanied by Kae, Barbara, Joe, and John) was assigned for 3 years to Bentwaters AFB in England. Returning home from England, he completed his residency at Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk and then moved his family to Williamsburg, VA in 1966. Dr. Dan was a wonderful father, husband, and friend to those who knew him. He was also a respected member of the medical community of Williamsburg for over 50 years through his private medical practice, as a state medical examiner for James City County, as a FAA flight medical examiner, medical consultant for Camp Peary, and college physician. For many years, Doc Brown was a common sight, making his rounds, peddling his 3-speed bicycle to and from his office, the DeBord Clinic on Monticello Avenue, or the hospital, wearing his ever-present bow tie. He was a founding member of the Dukes of Gloucester, a member of the William and Mary Community Orchestra, and the York River Band.

In addition to his medical career, he had an illustrious military career. He served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force reserve, the Air National Guard, and for most of his military career, served as the State Surgeon with the Virginia Army National Guard. He designed and implemented the awarded VaARNG Field Medical School – an exemplary training program for all medical personnel to prepare for combat medical care. COLONEL Brown retired in October, 1999 after 39 years of military service. He then joined the Virginia Defense Force as a physician pilot for several years before retiring from service to the State. He was exceptionally proud of the fact that every generation of his family served in the Virginia militia since its colonial inception. His “joie de vivre” was evident to all he encountered - a welcoming smile, a hearty laugh, and always, whistling a tune. He lived and served an extraordinary and abundant life!

Music was an important part of both Dan and Kae’s life. They set up a scholarship for The College of William and Mary Symphony Orchestra in Kae's memory. Those wishing to donate should send checks payable to The College of William and Mary, PO Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187. Please indicate that it is for the Kae Brown Symphony Orchestra Endowment fund (3556). Electronic donations can be done online using the endowment number (3556).

Services will be held Graveside on Saturday September 18, 2021 at 2.P.M. Services will be outdoors at Cedar Grove Cemetery located at 809 S Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185. All are welcome to attend but bring your umbrella in case of rain! A Brown Family and Friends Gathering will be planned in the spring to celebrate in a manner truly fitting of Doc Brown's Life. Condolences may be shared at


  • Graveside Service with Military Honors

    Saturday, September 18, 2021



Joseph Daniel "Dan" Brown III, MD

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Nan Piland

September 18, 2021

The Brown many connections through the years. It is hard to imagine Williamsburg without seeing Dan on his bicycle, riding through town.
He was the only one that noticed the issue with Leighton's heart at birth and he gave a nervous mother comfort, taking care of her for many years after.
He told me I could not screw up as a mom as long as I loved her. He led that belief by example.
Condolences to Ben and Ernie and the whole Brown clan.

Randy Drake

September 18, 2021

I met Dan shortly after I began teaching at the College of William and Mary. He asked to take white water canoeing. After completing that, Dan enrolled in more of my outdoor adventure courses including white water kayaking and winter camping. He then became a teaching assistant in all my white water boating classes. Over the next 20 years, Dan impacted the lives of hundreds of students who were lucky enough to witness his boundless curiosity, sense of adventure, and willingness to share his expertise and experience. Dr. Dan will always hold a special place in my heart as I recall our white water boating trips down the rivers of Virginia.

Joan Ingram

September 17, 2021

Dan was my first mentor in medicine. He taught me the heart and soul of our shared profession of Family Medicine. He and Kae were like another set of parents to me. John was my other half when he passed in 1986. I continue to all all of them and the whole family close in my heart.
With love,
Joan (Trost) Ingram

John Priddy

September 16, 2021

Uncle Dan and Aunt Kae, shared their home with so many Kingspoint children. I am so lucky to have so many wonderful memories of Dan and his family . I am not sure I ever intended to split so much wood or perform so many chores for the privilege of playing with my best friend, Ernie. But the chores developed grit and Dan fostered the concept of good citizenship that inspired my life of public service. To him and the entire Brown family I owe so much. I will miss him so.

rosi teresi

September 15, 2021

I loved Doc. He was a fun fellow to work with and knew how to enjoy life and have a good time. One year at summer camp, AT, he taught me a dirty little ditty and I have never forgotten it. I wanted to come see him before he passed, but I just didn't have the means. I hope he is dancing in the sky and entertaining all the angels. I would like to have one of the memory cards from his services since I won't be able to attend. Thank you and God bless.

Virginia Amiss

September 14, 2021

I remember my dad, Chuck Laubach, and Doc Brown taking the little kids on the "block" Trick or Treating. Then afterwards, going out Trick or Drinking! I can still see him on his bike riding to work, and once there whistling in the clinic. All of the family is in my heart tonight.

Brad Henderson

September 14, 2021

My condolences to the Brown Family. I can remember a few times staying at the Brown household and chopping wood the next day. Great character builder! Dr. Brown was always quick witted and level headed in a crisis. Sending my best to Ernie and Ben from Nashville.

Ginger Ruit

September 14, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Dan's passing, our thoughts, prayers, hugs & love to the family. My mother Ada Harper was Dan's 1st cousin & she is still living with memory loss. She was just 2 1/2 weeks older than him. My Mother, Dan & his sister Frances Ann shared many good memories gowing up together. And they kept in touch into adulthood, they thought a lot of each other. I have good memories of Dan & Kae, I lived a short time with them in my twenties. His love of life with be remembered.

Patricia Nelson

September 14, 2021

You have my sincere sympathy in your loss. He is now with God and taking care of all his friends in uniform again. My decease ex-husband Sgt. Alvin Nelson always spoke highly of "Doc". I had met him at unit functions and he truly was a very special person.

Thomas Kohorst (LTC Retired)

September 14, 2021

Doc Brown was a good Guard friend. When I was scheduled for a night flight he would request to be on my aircraft. He was a joy to be around. Good memories.

Tom Kohorst