William Brown, MD (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Stephen William Brown, M.D., 94, died April 10, 2008 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Avis Marguerite Moate Brown. Dr. Brown, a native of Hawkinsville and Milledgeville, GA was born Feb. 22, 1914, the son of Stephen William Brown and Elizabeth Calhoun Bivins Brown. He attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate and received his M.D. degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1938. His Internship was at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, and his Residency was at several Army institutions including Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic. He completed his radiology training in 1947 at University Hospital. Following his Internship, he served 5 years in the Army, and his last assignment was Chief of Radiology of the 216th Hospital, European Theater of Operations. After his Residency he entered private practice in Augusta and was senior partner of Brown Radiology Associates which served all of the Augusta area and surrounding county hospitals. He was a member of the clinical faculty at MCG. He retired at the age of 75. Dr. Brown was a tireless physician and respected leader who was sought for his sound judgment. He served in many capacities at local, state, and national levels. He was Chairman of the Department of Radiology of University Hospital from 1955-1986 and of St. Joseph Hospital from 1953-1969. He was a member of the Medical Staff of University Hospital for 42 years and was also a member of the Medical Staff of St. Joseph Hospital, Doctor's Hospital, Burke County Hospital, and McDuffie County Hospital. Dr. Brown was Past President of the following organizations: Medical Staff of University Hospital, Medical Staff of St. Joseph Hospital, Richmond County Medical Society, Georgia Radiological Society, Radiological Section of the Southern Medical Association, and the American Roentgen Ray Society. He was a founding member of the Eastern Radiological Society. He helped organize the School of Radiography at University Hospital that now bears his name. He was an advocate for both his patients and physicians. Providing them with excellent care and services were Dr. Brown's priorities, and through his efforts the CSRA has been at the forefront in radiology with radiologists, radiological procedures, equipment, and the resources to keep the pace with the growth in medical knowledge to meet the needs and the challenges of the future. Early in his career Dr. Brown practiced both diagnostic and therapeutic radiology. In order to advance patient care he was instrumental in the creation of the Augusta Radiation Therapy Center, a unique co-operative project with area hospitals and the Medical College of Georgia, for the treatment of cancer for patients from the region. He was President of the Board, and he pioneered his vision to its fruition to become The Georgia Radiation Therapy Center. Dr. Brown was admired for the many years of dedicated service he gave to the health and welfare of the community. He was a Member of the Board of the United Fund and the American Cancer Society Richmond County Chapters. He was one of the founders of Augusta Preparatory Day School, and he put forth a great effort in helping found the new University Hospital. He served for many years on the Richmond County Hospital Authority. He was an active Rotarian, a member for 59 years, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the Board of Directors of the Sun Trust Bank from 1955 until the present. Dr. Brown was an avid golfer and a member of the Augusta Country Club, Biltmore Forest Country Club, and the Augusta National Golf Club. An active outdoorsman, he loved quail hunting, training his bird dogs, and showing Tennessee walking horses. He was very knowledgeable about and actively engaged in timber and wildlife management and was a member of the Beech Island Agricultural Club. Dr. Brown was a member of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church. Dr. Brown is survived by his daughter, Dr. Avis Brown Yount and husband, Dr. Peter Shuford Yount; his son, Stephen William Brown, Jr. and wife, Susan Kopp Brown; his daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Brown and husband, Dr. Thomas Robert Swift, all of Augusta; grandchildren, Dr. Lindsay Shuford Yount of Boston, MA, Kenan Whitaker Yount of Charlottesville, VA.; Jennifer Brown Collins of Columbia, SC, Mary Righton Brown and Stephanie Lynne Brown of Augusta; and Alan Wingate Beattie of Augusta. He was preceded in death by his sister Righton Brown Gordy and his brother James Pope Brown both of Atlanta. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church with Reverend Dan T. Brown officiating. A private family interment will be held at Westover Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday, April 14, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. at Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave. Pallbearers will be Dr. Henry Alperin, Neal W. Dickert, Edwin L. Douglass, Dr. H. Ray Finney, Alan K. Griffin, Dr. Harry T. Harper, Patrick J. Hester, David E. Hudson, Dr. Jimpsey B. Johnson, Dr. John D. Reynolds, J. Haley Roberts, and Dr. Marion A. Wier. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Augusta National Golf Club and Brown and Radiology Associates. If so desired, memorials may be made to The Stephen W. Brown School of Radiography c/o University Health Care Foundation, 2100 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904, 706-733-3636. www.plattsfuneralhome.com Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-April 13, 2008