- Published on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 17:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Wendell E. Brown passed away peacefully on April 1st in Cupertino, California, joining his loving wife, Ruth. He will be greatly missed by his four sons and daughters-in-law, Geoff (Sally Jo), Randy (Jeanette), Gordon (Janet), Roger (Keri), his thirteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and others who were very special to him and he to them.
Wendell was born in Conway, Massachusetts on the family farm. His family moved to Amherst when he was four and there spent the rest of his childhood. After completing high school, Wendell attended Peddie Prep School in Hightstown, New Jersey and then the University of Massachusetts. He went on to medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia. Choosing to leave the eastern winters behind, Wendell interned at St. Luke’s hospital in San Francisco. After completing his internship, he served as an officer in the Army Medical Corp which included a tour in Korea. In 1950, Wendell began his 36 year practice of family medicine in Mountain View, California, retiring in 1986.
As a Los Altos and then Cupertino resident for 61 years, Wendell was faithfully involved in his community. He was a member and past president of the Mountain View Kiwanis, a member of the Masons Mountain View DeAnza Lodge #194, and a member and elder of the Mountain View First Presbyterian Church. His community involvement also included serving terms on the Board of Directors for the United Way, Mountain View Savings and Loan, and on the Santa Clara Mental Health Board. He was also a member of the committee that provided leadership in the building of El Camino Hospital.
In retirement, Wendell and Ruth moved to the Forum in Cupertino. They traveled throughout North America, often in their motor home. He and Ruth together enjoyed seeing the sights and visiting with family along the way. Throughout his life, he continued with his lifelong hobby of stamp collecting and his passion for reading.
A Memorial Service was held on April 30th at the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View.
Donations in his memory can be made to Kiwanis Children’s fund, or El Camino Hospital Foundation.
Online tributes and condolences may be sent at: www.cusimanocolonial.com