PHILIP ALEXANDER BROWN
Philip Brown, age 65, passed away peacefully on December 16 in St. Francis Hospital surrounded by his family, one week after suffering a massive heart attack. Phil was a native of St. Louis, Missouri and he came to Wilmington, DE in 1973 for his first job with ICI. He spent most of his career at DuPont, where he enjoyed the challenges of: being a formulation chemist in Crop Protection; being a research manager for a few years; returning to the bench to formulate biologicals and to serve as a resource to his colleagues on EPA regulations, inert ingredient selection and their use. Phil thoroughly enjoyed his work at DuPont and his connections with others within and outside of his group. Phil had been retired for 11 months and always looked forward to social opportunities to be with current and former colleagues.
As much as he enjoyed his career, at heart Phil loved nothing better than being at home or anywhere else with his family nearby. He is already dearly missed by Cynthia, his wife of 30 years, sons Nathan (Mindy Marcus) and Ken, and grandchildren Victoria and Wesley. He was happily anticipating the birth of a third grandchild in January.
Phil was an amazing and creative problem solver who loved tackling fix-it projects at home and for friends and relatives. When his sons became active in the Concord High School band, he became an amateur brass instrument repairman and developed a hobby of refurbishing and donating brass instruments to schools for the benefit of students in need. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying books about the Civil War and other aspects of military history.
As a longtime and active member at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, Phil’s Christian beliefs and faith always defined who he was. For many years he was involved with his wife Cynthia in the Preparation for Marriage program. In another role, he will be fondly remembered by many young parents as a faithful volunteer helping care for two-year olds in the nursery. A Celebration of Life will be held at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church in early 2017, after the birth of his grandchild in another state. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his memory to the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington, or to Brandywine Valley Baptist Church.