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Frederick G. Brown, 82, of Danville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Feb. 24, 2018, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
He was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Albert G. and Elizabeth (Gerdts) Brown. He was a native of Duquesne.

Frederick graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown in 1953, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. in 1957, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1961.

Dr. Brown spent two years at George F. Geisinger Hospital in Danville as an intern and resident in Internal Medicine from 1961 to 1963. From 1963 to 1965 he served in the United States Public Health Service in Helena, Mont. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the Cleveland Clinic from 1965 to 1967. He spent one year working under Willem Kolff, the developer of the Artificial Kidney, and from 1967 to 1968 at the University of Utah College of Medicine, where he developed the Home Dialysis Training Program. He then returned to Geisinger to start the Department of Nephrology and develop the Dialysis Unit. While at Geisinger he served as the Director of the Department of Nephrology for 25 years and as the Director of the Dialysis Unit for 20 years. He later served as the Director Emeritus of the Nephrology Department until he retired in 1999.

Professionally, he served on the Governor's Renal Disease Advisory Committee. He also was the first Chairman of the End-Stage Renal Disease Network that oversaw the Dialysis and Transplant Programs in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Dr. Brown was president of the Pennsylvania Society of Nephrology from 1987 to 1989 and was a member of the American and the International Society of Nephrology and of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. Dr. Brown held board certifications in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology. His memberships also included the American Medical Association and had been Chairman of the Board of the Keystone Peer Review Organization (KePro) in Harrisburg for 19 years.

Locally, he served 16 years as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Montour County Medical Society and was active in the Pennsylvania Medical Society where he was a member of their Board of Trustees for nine years.

One of Fred's greatest passions in life was music. He loved playing the piano and was an accomplished organist. He played for several community musicals including the Danville Community Singers for several years. Fred was the organist at Grove Presbyterian Church from 1974 to 2012. His membership and service at Grove Presbyterian also included the Board of Deacons and The Session. Beyond his significant medical accomplishments, he was a devoted family man and found great joy spending time with his loving and loyal dachshunds throughout his life.

He is survived by one son, Derick Brown and his wife Elsa of Bethlehem; one daughter, Jessica Braun and her husband Douglas of Ashburn, Va.; five grandsons, Emmett, Ely and Eric Brown and Christopher and Connor Braun; his former wife, Helen Jean Benfer; one brother, Bennett Brown and his wife Nancy of Fort Meyers, Fla.; and one sister, Melinda Beard and her husband Philip of Fox Chapel.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Suzanne Martha Brown and Priscilla Beth Brown.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Fred's Life to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Grove Presbyterian Church, 358 Bloom St., Danville, with the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Andrews, Pastor Emeritus, officiating. Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Great Room of the church prior to the service.
A private interment will be held in Grove Presbyterian Memorial Garden.

The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions in Dr. Brown's memory may be made to Grove Presbyterian Church, 376 Bloom St., Danville, PA 17821.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
Visit www.visneski.com.
Published on February 25, 2018
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