Barry Wilson Brown
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Barry Wilson Brown
  • December 20, 1939 - October 7, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Barry W. Brown passed away on October 7, 2017, after a brief illness. He was born December 20, 1939, in Buffalo, New York, to George and Lucille Brown. He spent most of his childhood in Gary, Indiana. In 1959, he graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics. During the summer of 1962, his life was forever changed when he attended a wedding and met Diane Jean Prasil. They were married on January 26, 1963. Later that same year, he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1968, he accepted a job and moved to Houston, where he found both his life's passion and a group of close friends in the Biomathematics Department at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He served as a professor of biomathematics until his retirement in 2012. He also served as an adjunct professor in the Statistics Department at Rice University for several years and was a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Barry enjoyed music, reading (several books a week), hiking, traveling, theater, swimming, spending time at his beach house in Galveston, Texas, and a range of other activities too numerous to list. Most of all though, he enjoyed sharing these things with his family. He leaves behind to remember him his wife of 54 years, Diane, his two sisters Beverly Nicholson and Sharon Peterson, and his three daughters, their husbands, and children: Sheryl, Andrew, Kathryn, and Madeline Lebman; Marion, Michael, Alyssa, Peyton, and Addison DeMarco; and Lisa, Michael, Daniel, and Rachel Morfey, as well as numerous other friends and relatives. He also leaves his beloved dog, Julie. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Barry's honor to the Galveston Island Humane Society or to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A Memorial Service honoring Barry's life will be held on October 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet St, Bellaire, TX 77401-3919.