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Frank Harlen ‘Doc’ Brown

Frank Harlen “Doc” Brown, 91, passed away peacefully June 27, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Frank was married to the former Virginia Mae Thomas for 66 years before her passing in 2007. Brown, a retired public school superintendent, was born in Rushsylvania.

He graduated from Bellefontaine High School and went on to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University.

He served as a rifleman with the U.S. Army’s 96th Infantry Division in the amphibious assault to liberate the Philippines in World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals for his actions and for his wounds sustained in combat.

Mr. Brown had a lengthy and distinguished career as an educator. He was coordinator of the Ohio State House Conference on Education in 1960. He served as superintendent of schools in Canal Winchester and Bedford, and West Aurora, Ill.

A Kiwanian for more than 30 years, he also was active in the United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School for several years.

In his final years, he became a Floridian. His personality — to the end — matched the sunshine in the state.

He leaves a daughter, Beth (Curt) Blair; two beloved grandchildren, Joy Adele (Chuck) Stubbs and Ruel William (Amy) Smith; four treasured great-grandchildren, Charlie Stubbs, Mary Harlen Stubbs, Ruel Alden Smith and Reid Jameson Smith; sister, Charlotte Hall of Bellefontaine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Frank also was preceded in death by his son, 1st Lt. Ruel Harlen Brown, while mobilized with the Ohio Air National Guard in 1968; three brothers, Lowell, Perk and Carol; and sister, Thelma.

Services are later in Bellefontaine and East Liberty.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.

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