In Memory of James Randolph Brown
James “Jim” Randolph Brown MD, of Minn., formerly of Duluth, the son of Thomas James and Cordelia Randolph Brown, died Aug. 8, surrounded by his family at home, after a long and courageous battle against prostate cancer.
Jim was born on Feb. 7, 1933 to two school teachers who lived in Chicago, and spend their summers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Duck Lake, near Land o’ Lakes, Wisconsin.
He lived a full and diverse life. Grade school years were at Portage Park, high school years were at Lane technical, graduating top of his class. His undergraduate work was done at Northwestern University and went on to earn a Medical Degree from the University of Louisville, in Kentucky. He served for 12 years in the US Navy, serving in places around the world, attaining the rank of Commander. There he specialized in radiology and then went on to be involved in cutting edge and innovative radiology advancements during his career. He was a pioneer in the area of mobile diagnostic medical imaging, establishing Northern Medical Imaging in 1972. He was also closely involved in advanced diagnostic assessment and treatment, for the upper Midwest region.
He and Elizabeth continued raising their family in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Crookston, Minnesota, and Bemidji, Minnesota, before coming to Duluth in 1982 and continuing his practice at the Duluth Clinic until his retirement in 1996. For the next few years they traveled the world. After their travels, they settled in Nisswa on Agate Lake where they enjoy their family , and split their time between there, and Benson, Arizona. He is a long-time HAM Radio Operator, W9VEQ, and also enjoyed sailing, woodworking, bird-watching, reading, and spending time with his family and friends. After he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he became heavily involved in national and area support and advisory groups, as well as serving as a consultant for research review. He willingly participated in trials and studies for the advancement of treatment options for the fight against prostate cancer.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandchild, Anna Cordelia.
Jim is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, married for 57 wonderful years; and his six children. Tom (Elena) of Plymouth, MN, Charles (Jill) of Maple Grove, MN, Susan (Rod) Schaefer of Hermantown, MN, Martha Murrey of Nisswa, MN, Amy (Allen) Holappa of Duluth, MN, and Sarah (Todd) Dye of Corvallis, OR; along with 20 grandchildren and his beloved dog, Missy.
To make a donation in honor of James Randolph Brown, MD, please contact the Prostate Cancer Research Institute at 310-743-2116.