GALVESTON — Harry Wayne Brown, Jr. passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007 in Galveston, Texas. He was born on a cold and frosty morning on a plantation near Dixie, Louisiana, December 3, 1927, to his parents, Lucille McGuffey and Harry Wayne Brown, Sr.
He attended and completed elementary and high school in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, took training in Meteorology and spent two years in the Tropics doing Harbor Research and Tracking.
After his service in WWII, he attended Centenary College earning his B.S. degree and Louisiana State University earning his M.A. degree.
In 1951, while attending college, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Air Force.
Following college he became a Safety Engineer for an oil company working over a period of 35 years to Assistant Chairman of the Board of Penzoil Exploration and Production Company.
He became an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, attending schools and assignments while employed.
From 1977 to 1980, he served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of RTU Galveston. During this period he volunteered to bring “Elissa” back to Galveston and assisted in her restoration.
He served as an Adjunct Professor at Centenary College of Louisiana and Galveston College.
In 1982, he was asked to return to active duty with responsibility for Offshore Fund Management and Base Operations. While on base, in New Orleans, he was honored by his Chief Petty Officers by being made an Honorary Chief Petty Officer – 27 Chiefs signed his appointment.
Medals while in service: WWII victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Humanitarian service Medal with Bronze Star, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with “O” device and two Bronze Stars and Coast Guard Medals Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with Bronzes.
He retired in 1985 and moved back to Galveston to help bring “Elissa” to Texas.
In addition to volunteering on “Elissa”, he served on the Galveston Wharves Board, Appraisal Review Board, Traffic Commission and Charter Review Committee, Prevent Blindness Texas Board, President of Texas Navy Association, Chairman of the Galveston Council of the Navy League, Off Shore Energy Center Board of Directors, Commissioning Committee “USS Ross”, and “USS Texas”.
He was appointed by Governor Anne Richards to the Oil spill oversight Committee and by Governor Bush and Perry to the Galveston Texas City Pilots Commission serving 8 years as Chairman. He also served as Chairman of Galveston Wharves Advisory Board and Past Chairman Galveston Military Affairs Committee.
He is a member of the US Naval order, The Great Houston Council of the Navy League, Master Mariners of America, Coast Guard Officers Club, The Yacht Club of Galveston, American Legion, Sunday Morning Coffee Club and American Society of Safety Engineers.
He played a prominent part in bringing the Flight Museum and the Offshore Energy Rig to Galveston.
He made arrangements through Council General of Denmark to bring the “Christian Radick” to Galveston for a day sail to let people know what “Elissa” would be like. One guest of the sail, got off and donated “1,000,000.00.
He made arrangements to have “Elissa” berthed at the Old Southern Pacific Docks for her initial repairs on her arrival from Greece. She remained there for 18 months with water, electricity and port-a-cans provided by Duval Corp., a company he was affiliated with.
Appointed as Honorary Ambassador of Galveston, he was responsible for acquiring the highly sought return of “USS Galveston” Silver Service from Washington, DC. He was presented with the Silver Service polished and preserved and selected the Rosenberg Library for its display.
He served on Advisory Boards at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, La., University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana, Texas A & M at College Station, Texas, Baylor College at Waco, Texas, and Advisor to Kincaid School at Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Rebecca Brown Dokken.
He is survived by his wife Francis Austin Brown; son Harry Wayne Brown, III; daughter Jennifer Anne Patton and husband Mark; grandchildren Eric Wayne Brown, Kare’lia Brown, Krystal Brown, James Dokken, 2nd Lt. Christopher Dokken, Rachel Patton and Chase Patton; great granddaughter Larissa Larae Brown; close nephew Ken Greaf; numerous other nieces and nephews; step-children Patti Morningstar and husband Michael, Dee Austin, Julia Church, Leisa Austin; step-grandchildren Nicole Morningstar Mathews and husband Russell, Alexander Morningstar, 2nd Lt. Micah Morningstar, Jessica Alexander and husband Shane, Jaclyn Austin, Dara Austin; great grandson Riley Mathews; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He will be truly missed by his many friends whose lives he touched and influenced through the years. Needless to say, he loved Galveston, Texas and served her well. The family extends a special Thank You to all the nurses, doctors and staff for their care of Harry Brown, and their kindness and support to his family during his long stay at John Sealy Hospital.
The family will be accepting visitors 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2007 with a memorial service at 12:00 noon at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, Galveston, Texas, 77550. Father John Bok will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to “Elissa”, Offshore Energy Center, Prevent Blindness of Texas, The Heart Foundation or charity of your choice.