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DR. ARTHUR (BUZZ) BROWN
Born: Mar 03, 1932
Date of Passing: Jun 26, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DR. ARTHUR (BUZZ) BROWN
March 3, 1932 - June 26, 2021
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dr. Diana Kunze; his loving sons from a previous marriage (Susan, née Wintrobe, now Walker): Andrew, Stephen (Tracey), Tim (Angela) and David (Christian) Brown; his six grandchildren (Phoebe, Max, Ella, Eve, Gigi, and Beatrice); and three nephews (Blair, Todd, and Justin). He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael "Mickey" and Mary (née Gussin) Brown; brother David "Dee Dee" (Barbara), and nephew Gary (Christine).
Born in Winnipeg, Buzz was raised in a community of Jewish immigrants that was emerging from the shadow of European anti-semitism. Their generation would go on to make a tremendous impact in many professions throughout Canada and the US. Playing hockey and working odd jobs, he and his younger sibling Dee Dee earned MDs from the University of Manitoba. Dee Dee became a respected neurosurgeon. Buzz opted to pursue medical science and established world-leading research departments at University of Texas Medical Branch, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Rammelkamp Center at Case Western. Buzz founded the bio-tech corporation ChanTest with his wife and served as President and CEO until the company was purchased by Charles River Labs. He continued working to develop a safe drug to address atrial fibrillation. Even in hospice at the end of his life, he was putting the finishing touches on a recently completed book about the subject.
Among his many honours, Buzz was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Safety Pharmacology Society, Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, Harry B van Dyke Awards for Excellence in Medical Research (Pharmacology), American Heart Association Basic Research Prize, and Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases. He was also an American Physiological Society Water Cannon Lecturer, the First Robert Berne Distinguished Lecturer, and a Newton-Abraham Visiting Professor at University of Oxford.
Armed with a penetrating intellect, inescapable sense of humour and wit, and abundant joie de vivre, Buzz relished a lively debate. He and Diana travelled extensively with his sons and grandkids. Buzz adored physical activity, whether it was tennis under the burning Texas sun in his forties or pedaling the ocean bike path just a few months ago. Buzz loved the lush forests of Ohio and was equally smitten with funky Key West.
A generous, demanding, and supportive patriarch to many professional friends and family alike, Buzz is sorely missed.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021
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