Robert Donald Brown was born December 7, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the middle child from the union of the late Douglas J. Brown and Ora Lee Craig Brown.
Robert was a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools System, a United States Army Veteran, Entrepreneur/ Businessman and Sales Executive.
Robert attended Coleman and Betsy Ross Elementary Schools and Englewood High School. During his high school years, Robert and some of his friends formed a social club, "Gents of Esquire", The Gents gained popularity for its exquisite taste in clothing and production of social activities. The "Gents of Esquire" was the beginning of a friendship that has lasted lifelong for its members. Robert attended college at Wilson Junior College and Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in Pharmacy.
Robert began his professional career at Dailey's Pharmacy in the 50's and became its owner in 1966. Dailey's Pharmacy, located on the south side of Chicago in the Chatham neighborhood was the pharmacy of choice and one-stop shopping location for many because of its extensive and diverse product line and outstanding customer service. The Volkswagen "bug" was its signature delivery vehicle. He was named Business Man of the Year in 1966.
Robert joined Riker Laboratories in 1971 as a Sales Representative; Riker was purchased by 3M Pharmaceuticals in 1985. Prior to his retirement in the early 2000's, he had an award-winning career with 3M; he was a top producer and was recognized numerous times for his outstanding performance. With a territory located in Chicago, IL, District 18, Robert showed an increase of almost twice the average with total sales volume 36 per cent above the norm. In 1974, he was named to the Top Producers Club. Robert was one of 3M's most well respected employees by his colleagues. Over the past few days, notes have come in from 3M employees from all over the country calling him a "legend ... his performance was exceptional and there has not been and will not be another Robert Brown". He mentored many in the pharmaceutical field as well as physicians and others in the healthcare field.
Robert was an active member of Messiah St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church. He served in several capacities over the years and was currently serving as Senior Warden. He was a current and past member of several professional, social and civic organizations where he generously shared his time and talents.
Robert was an avid sports lover - golf, football-, and basketball. A die hard Chicago Bears Fan, he spent many Sunday afternoons watching or attending The Chicago Bears game and held season tickets for many years. Many stories have been shared about him and his buddies' football game outings. He utilized every sports channel in the U-Verse sports package cheering for his team or favorite player. Robert also loved dogs all of his life and was quite proud to show them off at any time.
One son, Brad Brown, one sister, Regina Manley, many nieces and nephews, cousins, a host of extended family members and friends, survives Robert.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 45 years, Lucille Field Brown; and brother, Douglas Brown.