NISSWA — James “Jim” Randolph Brown, M.D., of Nisswa, Minn., formerly of Duluth, Minn., the son of Thomas James and Cordelia Randolph Brown, died Aug. 8, 2012, surrounded by his family at home, after a long and courageous battle against prostate cancer. Jim is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, married for 57 wonderful years, and his six children, Tom (Elena), of Plymouth, Minn., Charles (Jill), of Maple Grove, Minn., Susan (Rod) Schaefer, of Hermantown, Minn., Martha Murrey, of Nisswa, Minn., Amy (Allen) Holappa, of Duluth, Minn., and Sarah (Todd) Dye, of Corvallis, Ore., along with 20 grandchildren and his beloved dog, Missy. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandchild, Anna Cordelia.
Jim was born on Feb. 7, 1933, to two school teachers who lived in Chicago, and spent their summers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Duck Lake, near Land O’ Lakes, Wis. He lived a full and diverse life. Grade school years were at Portage Park, high school years were at Lane Technical, graduating top of his class. His undergraduate work was done at Northwestern University and went on to earn a medical eegree from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He served for 12 years in the U.S. Navy, serving in places around the world, attaining the rank of Commander. There he specialized in radiology and then went on to be involved in cutting edge and innovative radiology advancements during his career. He was a pioneer in the area of mobile diagnostic medical imaging, establishing Northern Medical Imaging in 1972. He was also closely involved in advanced diagnostic assessment and treatment for the upper Midwest region.
He and Elizabeth continued raising their family in Eau Claire, Wis., Crookston, Minn., and Bemidji, Minn., before coming to Duluth in 1982 and continuing his practice at the Duluth Clinic until his retirement in 1996. For the next few years they traveled the world. After their travels, they settled in Nisswa on Agate Lake where they enjoy their family, and split their time between there, and Benson, Ariz. He is a longtime HAM Radio Operator, W9VEQ, and also enjoyed sailing, woodworking, bird-watching, reading, and spending time with his family and friends. After he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he became heavily involved in national and area support and advisory groups, as well as serving as a consultant for research review. He willingly participated in trials and studies for the advancement of treatment options for the fight against prostate cancer.
A service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. at the Brainerd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 101 Buffalo Hills Lane, W. Brainerd.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI), Attn: Memorials, 5777 W. Century Blvd Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
The family would like to thank Good Samaritan Hospice for their love and support in keeping our father at home and comfortable during the last few days of his life.