Gerald William Brown, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel (USAF, Ret) Gerald W. Brown, Jr., Class of 1968, died Feb. 18, 1997 in Lyons Falls, N.Y. of a heart attack. Graveside services were conducted at the Air Force Academy. Colonel Brown was the first appointee to the Air Force Academy from Lewis County, N.Y. He proudly flew the C-l30 for 14 years, the first 18 months being in combat over Southeast Asia. When he returned to the United States, he was stationed at several bases in Texas. He earned a master's degree in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University in 1976. His last military command was at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, as director of manufacturing and Quality Assurance. He retired in 1988 after serving 20 years in the Air Force. A life member of the Association of Graduates of the Air Force Academy, Colonel Brown was also a member of The Retired Officer's Association and a senior member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He was also a member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald W. Brown, Sr. in 1985 and his brother, Lawrence J. Brown in 1996. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Cheryl Lyons Brown; son Douglas; daughters Katherine Coburn and Amanda Brown, mother, Ruth Brown, grandchildren David, William and Haley Coburn; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.