Walter Reed Brown was born in Oklahoma City in 1929 and died January 6, 2017 in Virginia Beach. He was a proud alumni of Classen High School and earned his B.S. and Ed. M. degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He received a Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University in 1964. Dr. Brown taught science in public schools in Missouri, Oklahoma and Virginia. He additionally taught in the Demonstration School at Florida State University, served as Director of Youth Activities for the National Science Teachers Association (1962-1964), served 2 years in India with the USAID Education Team, and was Supervisor of Science for Public Schools in Charlottesville, VA and Albemarle County, VA. He was the author or co-author of 15 books for children on various science topics, including a textbook series for Junior High Schools. Dr. Brown retired from education in 1981 and served as an Investor and Sales Manager of Century 21 Executive Real Estate. He fully retired in 1996 and spent much of his time traveling throughout the world, visiting 6 of the 7 continents. Walt served as a member of the Curriculum Committee and Treasurer for the ODU Institute for Learning in Retirement, Treasurer of the Nansemond Chapter of the Virginia Archaeological Society, Program Chair for the Tidewater Scottish Society, and member of the Virginia Beach Audubon Society, the St. Andrews Society, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and life member of the National Science Teachers Association. He was an avid genealogist. Walt is survived by his wife of 43 years: Jane Ramsey Bernick Brown; three daughters: Susan Kresmer-Harris of Louisa County, VA; Elizabeth Pouncey of El Paso, TX; and Cynthia Croxton of Kerrville, TX; and two stepsons: Clayton Bernick of Virginia Beach; and Craig Bernick of Palmyra, VA. His children, their spouses, 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren gave him the greatest pleasures of his life. The family welcomes friends to a reception celebrating Walt's life at his home on Sunday, January 22 between 2:00 – 5:00 PM.
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