Robert N. Brown, M.D.
July 29, 1944 – October 15, 2022
Dr. Robert N. Brown, 78, passed away Saturday evening, October 15, 2022, quickly and peacefully with his family members by his side after a courageous two-year battle against prostate cancer.
Dr. Brown was what you would call an old-fashioned family physician. He loved his patients fiercely. If a patient had an emergency in the middle of the night, he would offer to meet them at his private practice or their home. While being an amazing husband, father, and mentor, he would still make rounds, see patients and deliver babies. Over 2,500 babies over the course of his career.
It was not uncommon to be out to a special birthday dinner and get paged, all to leave and deliver a baby but still be able to come back and enjoy dessert with his family.
He most recently told someone that his specialty had changed and that he had become a geriatric doctor since his loyal patients have followed him for over 50 years of practicing private medicine.
Bob was born and raised in South Central Iowa. He grew up working hard, helping his parents on his family farm. They raised livestock and grew and harvested crops, all while going to school. After attending a one-room school house thru junior high, Bob went to high school in Chariton, Iowa, graduating in 1963.
He and his wife, Sandy, were high school sweethearts and married very young in 1963. They lived in Des Moines while he attended Drake University, majoring in pharmacy. After graduation from Drake, Bob and Sandy moved to Omaha. He worked as a pharmacist while attending Creighton University Medical School. He graduated in 1971 and became Robert N. Brown, M.D.
Bob never wanted to join a big hospital. He made his life goal a reality when he opened up his first private practice. Throughout his career, he built three office buildings, moving several times around the city to adjust to his growing practice. He had one of the first major private practices with a surgical center and a birthing suite. Dr. Brown could do it all, and he was one of the best at it; just ask his most loved patients and his family. His loyal patients followed him until the day before his death.
Bob and Sandy just recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. They have three daughters and four granddaughters. If you knew Dr. Brown well enough, you know that he made many jokes about surviving being the only male in his household. When not working, which was rare, he enjoyed his family, relaxing at home, and keeping current on all news, politics, and sports.
Dr. Brown is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughters: Tracey Johnson (Scott), Suzanne Brown, and Kristina Vakoc (Ken); granddaughters: Paige Johnson, Cheyenne Hanson, Finley Vakoc, and Harper Vakoc; brother, Don Brown (Carol); many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Bob will be missed by anyone that met him.
VISITATION: Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 5PM-7PM. FUNERAL: Thursday, October 20, 2022, 11AM. Both services held at West Center Chapel. INTERMENT at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
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