Dr. John F. Brown , Jr.
  • Adirondack Mountain Club
    814 Goggins Rd.
    Lake George, NY 12846
  • Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady
    PO Box 9118
    Niskayuna, NY 12309

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“Hank and I met John and Eleanor soon after building our little cabin near Lens Lake. We were preparing to launch our canoe, with binoculars and...Read More »
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Dr. John Francis Brown Jr., 85, died on June 13 after a long illness. He was born October 11, 1926 in Providence RI. After serving in the US Navy (1944-46), he graduated from Brown University summa cum laude in 1947, and went on for a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at MIT. John then joined the General Electric Research Laboratory, now Global Technology Center, where he worked for the next 52 years. His early research was on olefin nitration and silicone ladder polymers. His scientific direction then shifted to life sciences, including medical technology and toxicology. After a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical pathology, he focused on projects in nutrient reclamation, invasive chemical sensors and PCB analysis, environmental behavior, human health effects and toxicology. He was the author of 19 US patents and 80 scientific papers.
John enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing, travel, and nature studies. He was deeply involved in designing and maintaining trails in the Schenectady Museum nature preserve, now a portion of the Mohawk River State Park. Most recently, he developed a new trail system adjacent to the State Park, and was honored by having these trails named for him. John was a longtime member of the American Chemical Society, the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council, the Niskayuna Conservation Advisory Council, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Torch Club of Schenectady, and the Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor Ann Fair Brown; his sister, Alice Westervelt; three children, Deborah Brown, Marcus Brown, and Alice Brown; and five grandchildren, Patrick Brown, Molly Brown, Timothy McClellan, Samuel McClellan, and Calvin McClellan. A memorial service will be held in the First Reformed Church, 8 N. Church St., Schenectady, on June 23rd at 2:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adirondack Mountain Club (814 Goggins Rd., Lake George, NY 12845) or to the Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady (PO Box 9118, Niskayuna, 12309).