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Alan Burton Brown
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Birth: Aug. 9, 1907
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Jul. 19, 1992
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Son of Charles Willard Brown and Theresa Burton

Married Doris Erdman, 16 June 1934, Washington, District of Columbia. She died 12 April 1970, Washington, District of Columbia.

Married Mary Johnson, 2 Jun 1971, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

History Taken From Pat Brown's History "Flying"
with permission from Alan Burton Brown, Jr. "Pat"

Alan Burton Brown's family descended from Scotland and England. His mother's ancestors were pioneers who emigrated to the Rocky Mountains with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His father's family came from England later.

Alan practiced as an attorney in Salt Lake after law school. He has said he had plenty of clients but most could not pay, in the depression economy. He decided to go to Washington, D.C. to work for the Federal government, which at least payed money. So he left Salt Lake and Doris for Washington, D.C. in 1933, driving a lady and her daughter to Washington in their car to pay for his trip. This was a tough trip in the early '30's; their first paved road after Salt Lake was at St. Louis on the Mississippi River.

The only job Alan, as an experienced attorney, could get right away in Washington, D.C. was operating an elevator in the Capitol. When, after a few months, he became an attorney for the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), a Roosevelt New Deal agency, Doris took a train across the country from Salt Lake to Washington. Alan and Doris were married in 1934 in Washington, D.C.

Alan had two sisters, Mildred and Betty, who were both younger and lived with Alan and Doris off and on. Mildred, known as Suzie, became an optometrist, and worked for a highly regarded ophthalmologist. She married a Navy Lieutenant, Charles Cram, in Alan and Doris' home in Alexandria, Virginia in 1944.

Betty died of heart disease at the age of 37 years old (May 29, 1912 - Sep. 29 1949). She never married because of her frail health and knew she'd die young.

Alan, as said before, was an attorney for the (RFC), one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's agencies to ease the depression, later rising to General Counsel. He was a graduate from the University of Utah and one of 13 graduates of its law school, Class of 1930. Several of his law school class, including himself, had distinguished careers in business and government. (By the time he retired in his late 60's, he had been General Counsel, RFC and Defense Plants Administration; Commissioner for Raw Materials, Atomic Energy Commission; and Judge, Board of Contract Appeals, Department of Defense. (Alan has been in Who's Who in America.)

Alan and Doris' first child was Alan Burton Brown, Jr. (March 17, 1935). He was given the nickname Pat by Alan's sister Suzie who decided that having two Alan's in the house would be too confusing. Pat was chosen because of his birthday being on St. Patrick's Day and he has been known as Pat his whole life.

They lived in an apartment building, Harvard Hall, in Washington DC for the first year of Pat's life and then rented a house in Northwest Washington. In 1940, with Alan getting promotions and their next child, a son they named Michael Douglas Brown, being born May 19, 1938, Alan and Doris contracted for a home to be built in a developing area of nearby Alexandria, Virginia, called Beverly Hills.

A third child, a daughter they named Barbara Elizabeth Brown, was born on July 14, 1944 in Washington, D.C.

Alan was involved big time in the war effort, doing the legal work for defense plant and land acquisitions all over the country. So, while Doris was in the hospital delivering Barbara, Pat was enrolled in a camp for two weeks. He became sick at the camp and was left on a cot in the big tent getting sicker for a few days before the office finally called Alan, who came to pick Pat up. Examination by a doctor at their home revealed a probable ruptured appendix. Alan drove Pat directly to the ambulance entrance of Emergency Hospital in Washington. After an emergency operation and two weeks getting the poison drained out, Pat survived. Suzie visited Pat every day, while Alan and Doris were unable to.

Pat remembers going with Doris to take Alan to the Washington National Airport to catch a DC-3 or DC-4 on dark, rainy nights for long flights to the Midwest and West Coast during World War II. Alan did this many times as the assistant general counsel for Defense Plants Administration. Alan was instrumental in getting defense plants built quickly to manufacture the airplanes, tanks, tools and other equipment that won World War II. He also helped finance defense manufactures. One was Howard Hughes, who became a friend. Alan was a group of twenty-five or so who was invited to make the only flight in Hughes' colossal seaplane, the Spruce Goose.

Just over a year after Doris' death on June 2, 1971 Alan married Mary Johnson, the sister of a childhood friend.

Alan and Mary eventually moved to San Diego and then to Salt Lake City so they could be closer with Alan's son Mike so he could help care for them.

Alan lived until July 19, 1992 and is buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery near his parents and sisters.

Obituary - Alan Burton Brown passed away July 19, 1992, at the age of 84, in Salt Lake City. Born in Salt Lake City, August 9, 1907 to Charles Willard and Theresa Burton Brown.

Married Doris Erdman in June 1934; she passed away in April 1970. They were parents of three children, Alan (Pat) Burton Brown, Jr., Mt. Vernon, Wash.; Michael Douglas Brown, Magna; and Barbara Elizabeth Telford, Stockton, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Graduated from East High School. Received BA degree in 1929, and LLB degree in 1931, both from University of Utah. Employed by the federal government for 34 years in the following areas - Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Atomic Energy Commission, and Department of Defense.

Retired in 1967 as an Administrative Judge. Member Utah State Bar, American Bar Association, and practiced before the US Supreme Court. He was active in the American Rose Society and was a member of the American Camellia Society in Bethesda, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a member of, and participated for many years in the National Symphony Orchestra Society.

Graveside services Wednesday, July 22, 11 a.m. at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 4th Avenue and N Street.

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Family links: 
  Charles Willard Brown (1883 - 1960)
  Theresa Burton Brown (1883 - 1963)
  Doris Erdman Brown (1909 - 1970)*
  Michael Douglas Brown (1938 - 2012)*
  Alan Burton Brown (1907 - 1992)
  Elizabeth May Brown (1912 - 1949)*
  Mildred Leone Brown Cram (1914 - 1992)*
*Calculated relationship
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: C_12_5_5W
Maintained by: Brenda King
Originally Created by: Judie Latshaw Huff
Record added: Jul 17, 2009
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Alan Burton Brown
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Alan Burton Brown
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