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BOXFORD- Dr. James R. Brown, of Boxford, age 80, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Putnam Farms in Danvers. He was the devoted husband of Kathryn K. Disney with whom he shared 26 years of marriage. James was born on June 1, 1937 in Danvers, to the late Norman R. and Elsa (Russell) Brown. After graduating from Holten High School in 1955, where he captained the hockey team, James went to the University of Massachusetts, Cornell University and Boston University Medical School graduating in 1964. After his residency, he studied infectious disease at The Walter Reed Army Hospital and then completed his military service out of Westover Airforce Base as Chief of Laboratory Services for the Air Force in the northeast military hospitals. With his family, he moved back to the North Shore, first to Boxford, then to a small farm in Topsfield. He spent nearly his entire medical career as a pathologist at Beverly Hospital. Dr. Brown also taught at Tufts Medical School.
James loved hockey and the Boston Bruins and was an avid naturalist and outdoorsman. He traveled the world studying birds and hiked all the 4,000 footers of New England and some of the Appalachian Trail, as well as taking a mountain medicine trip to the Himalayas. Preferring his native North Shore, he was a keen observer of the natural world, enthusiastically teaching his children and grandchildren and all who would listen about birds, moss, trees, animal tracks and mountain ranges, invoking a sense of awe and appreciation of the beauty of our local environment. He loved animal husbandry, gardening and volunteering at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary where he was a near permanent fixture. He loved chocolate, ice cream, music, attending the symphony and studying opera with his wife Kathryn with whom he lived in Boxford along with their beloved dog, Winston.
In addition to his wife, Kathryn, James is survived by his first wife Mary L. (Duffill) Brown and their three children, James R. Brown, Jr. and his wife, Nicole of Amesbury, Emily S. Davie and her husband, Alex of Middleton, and Elizabeth R. Mulholland and her husband, Peter of Topsfield. James is also survived by six grandchildren, Courtney, Casey, Samantha, Andrew, Henry and Aidan, as well as step grandchildren, Nicolas and Caitlyn. He is also survived by his sister, Deborah R. Brown of Seattle and brother George R. Brown of Beverly and a nephew, George R. Brown, Jr. and niece, Charlotte Pereira.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held in the Peterson O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (rte 62) Danvers on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 2 to 5 P.M. Relatives and friends invited. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Congregational Church of Topsfield, 80 Main Street, on Monday, January 22nd at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on January 18, 2018
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