James T Brown

Portland, Oregon

April 8, 2016

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
65 Army Col

 

 

James Timothy "Jim" Brown 
Obituary
Brown, James 'Jim' Timothy 65 Dec. 27, 1950 April 08, 2016 Jim died at Beilinson Hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, after undergoing emergency cardi- ac surgery. He was unconscious and at peace with his wife by his side. A true son of Portland, he was raised in the Southwest Hills (the eldest of five siblings) after being born in Roseburg. He attended St. Thomas More and Jesuit High schools before graduating from Lincoln High School in 1969. First and foremost, Jims life was defined by the service he rendered to his country through a distinguished military career that spanned four decades. He attended the University of Oregon prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1971 as a Pershing missile crewman, a posting that landed him in Neu-Ulm, Germany. There he met and married his wife, Mary (Chasteen) in 1974, an American exchange student from Wisconsin (whose college friend happened to be Jims barracks mate). In 1975, their daughter, Katherine Anne was born in Augsburg, Germany. Upon completion of Jims enlisted service, the young family returned to Oregon, where he re-enrolled in the University of Oregon as an ROTC cadet, earning a B.A. in German Literature in 1978. He assembled the ROTC uniforms for John Landis "Animal House," which was filmed in Eugene around the U of O campus. Jim and his sisters also appeared as extras in the film (look for him running across the screen during the parade riothes wearing a checkered scarf, thick-rimmed Army-issue glasses and a black leather jacket). Jim returned to the Army as a commissioned officer following graduation, which took the family to military posts in Germany and throughout the U.S. In 1988, just days before the birth of his son, Michael Christopher, Jim was severely injured in a parachuting exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., which required extensive shoulder reconstruction. Never losing his resolve, he made a full recovery. In 1991, the Browns relocated to Heidelberg, Germany. For the next 20 years, Jim remained in Germany advancing through positions of increasing responsibility to include assignments in Latvia and Moldova. He was promoted to colonel in 2002 and became deputy political adviser for U.S. European Command (EUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany, assisting in the establishment of U.S. Africa Command. Col. Brown was then selected to attend the prestigious U.S. Army War College, graduating with a master's in strategic studies in 2003. In 2008, as the capstone to his military service, he was assigned as the EUCOM liaison to the German Ministry of Defense in Berlin, utilizing his unparalleled expertise in German affairs to strengthen the working bond between the U.S. Army and the Bundeswehr, before retiring in 2011. With 30 years of active duty commissioned and 35 years of total military service, Jim was still committed to serving his country and accepted a position in the EUCOM Office of Defense Cooperation in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he took great pride in his work aiding the preservation of the state of Israel. Jim is survived by his wife, Mary of Sheboygan, Wis.; daughter, Katherine and son-in-law, Christopher Gilbert of Houston and their young children, Ryan, Emily and Sean James; son, Michael of New York; sisters, Mary Dobie of Corvallis and Molly Jaber of Cannon Beach; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Rush Jr.; mother, Martha (Westpheling); younger siblings, Stephen and Nancy Fitzgerald; and nephew, Matthew Fitzgerald. He was a good man, and will be missed by many around the world. We love you, Dad.
Published in The Oregonian from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2016

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