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ROBERT GRAVES BROWN
My files show refills for human ills
Some from every medical book.
Computer memory data banks
At fingertips for ready look.
My grandfather's shop a century back
Had a similar stratified data bank:
Cigar boxes stacked upon the floor
Full of prescriptions, rank on rank.
Somewhere, the oldest apothecary
Working in the vast azure blue
Has all the answers for every ill
But few pray for them. Have you?*
Robert Graves Brown
Robert Graves Brown, associate professor emeritus of pharmacology, died April 16, 2001, at age 81. He was born February 20, 1921, in McKinney, Texas. He was the son of Trammel Brown and Onelia Perry Graves Brown. He graduated from Calumet High School in Oklahoma in 1949. He started college at the University of Oklahoma, but his education was interrupted by World War II. He served as a medic in the Pacific Theater in Okinawa and Leyte, receiving a field commission to lieutenant and a Bronze Star during that time.
Bob Brown completed a BS in pharmacy in 1947 and an MS in 1949, both from the University of Oklahoma. He earned a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1958. His teaching career started while he was in graduate school and continued until his retirement in 1996. He had an outstanding commitment to his students, and he was an engaging and entertaining lecturer, serving both in the College of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing.
Bob loved words, poetry, puns, and painting. He was highly involved in these activities during his career and after his retirement. His paintings were featured in various art shows; one hangs in the College of Pharmacy, his academic home for many years. His poetry has appeared widely, including in anthologies published by the Lifetime Learning Institute, the Austin Poetry Society, The University of Texas at Austin, the Thursday Poets, and Counterpoint Publishing, and poetry journals in Canada and India. He joined the Austin Poetry Society in 1985, serving as president for five terms and as first vice president for seven terms. He was a lifetime member of The Poetry Society of Texas. In 2000, he published a collection of his work, "Poems from an Old Apothecary."
Following his retirement, Dr. Brown continued to teach at the University and the Lifetime Learning Institute.
Dr. Brown and Kathryn, his late wife of 52 years, had two children, Sandy, who lives in Dallas, and Robert Jr., who lives in Arkansas. Bob was brother to Molly Rose, grandfather to Molly Kathleen and Jacob, and step-grandfather to Sean and Kristi.
*From Old Apothecary, "Poems From An Old Apothecary," Robert Graves Brown, Morgan Printing, Austin, Texas, 2000.
Larry R. Faulkner, President
The University of Texas at Austin
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
This memorial resolution was prepared by a special committee consisting of Professors Alan B. Combs (chair), James P. Kehrer, and James W. McGinity.