PAN Mourns the Loss of Longtime Texas Parkinson's Advocate Joe Brown (1935 - 2012)

PAN Board member Morton Kondracke presents the 2004 Milly Award to Joe and Nina Brown

The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) mourns the loss of longtime Parkinson’s advocate Joe Brown, who passed away on October 10, 2012.  Joe’s positive attitude and perseverance helped shape his always-outstanding advocacy work.  Along with his wife, Nina, Joe received PAN’s 2004 Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy. 
 
“When I think of Joe Brown, I think of his big smile, his go-get-‘em attitude, and his generous heart,” said PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick.  “Joe and Nina were advocate leaders with PAN for years and spent countless hours raising awareness and educating their elected officials about the importance of federal funding for medical research.  We are grateful for his advocacy service around the fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.  I will miss Joe a great deal.”

Joe’s love and devotion for his wife, Nina was evident in the work he did.  In Nina’s honor, he retired early from the real estate business to become a tireless advocate for Parkinson’s disease issues at the local, state, and national levels.  Together with Nina, he helped found Texans for the Advancement of Medical Research (TAMR), and The Alliance for Medical Research (TAMR-Ed).  They also served on the board of the Houston Area Parkinson Society and chaired the Advocacy Committee, traveling all over Texas and across the country to speak at Parkinson’s events to encourage others to get involved in advocacy.

Joe was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 31, 1935 to Louis and Gertrude Brown.  Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Stanford Brown.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Nina, of 50 years, his children, Gregg and Toby Brown and Stacy and Scott Doctor, and four grandchildren, Ryan, Ariel, Ashley and Emily.

PAN offers heartfelt condolences to Joe and Nina’s family and friends.

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