William J. Brown, PhD.

Dr. Brown

Dr. William John Brown, 69, of 18482 North Red Mountain Way, Surprise, Ariz., died April 13 at Hospice of the Valley Hospital, Sun City, Ariz. He was a former resident of Rochester Hills, Mich.

Dr. Brown was director of clinical microbiology at Detroit Michigan Center, Detroit, Mich. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton in 1963, and his master's degree from Duquesne University in 1965. He received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1969 and was the recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship from NASA. While pursuing his degrees, Dr. Brown worked as a laboratory technician and microbiology lab supervisor at Geisinger Medical Center and Mercy Hospital. In 1968, he was appointed to the position of instructor in the department of microbiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and taught microbiology, immunology and pathology at various levels for the past 34 years. He was a full professor and board certified in medical and public health microbiology by the American Academy of Microbiology.

He began his hospital affiliations in 1969 at Detroit General Hospital as a consulting microbiologist. He went on to serve as director of the Special Diagnostic Laboratory at WSU; consultant microbiologist at the VA hospital in Allen Park; director of microbiology/immunology at Hutzel Women's Hospital; and technical director (microbiology/immunology) of the Damon Clinical Laboratories at the Detroit Medical Center. He was appointed Director of Clinical Microbiology with DMC University Laboratories in 1993. During the past 22 years, he served on numerous local infection control committees.

Dr. Brown was the recipient of many grants for research including the study of the effectiveness of antibiotics; various aspects of sexually transmitted diseases; HIV; and antibiotic resistant microbes. He published more than 60 articles in refereed journals along with numerous books, chapters, abstracts and reviews. He served on boards and committees for such organizations as the American Society for Microbiology, the National Registry for Microbiologists, the Michigan Branch of the ASM, the South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology, and the Bureau of Laboratory and Epidemiological Services of the Michigan Department of Public Health.

Dr. Brown was a diplomat of the American Board of Molecular and Medical Microbiology, a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a specialist in public health and medical microbiology. He was named the Outstanding Clinical Microbiologist of the Year (1996) by the South Central Association of Clinical Microbiology. He was a member of several professional societies including the American Society for Microbiology and the Conference of Public Health Laboratory Directors.

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