James J. Brown ’59

James J. Brown ’59 died on March 14, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia.

(The following appeared online at obits.dignitymemorial.com on March 22, 2017:)

BROWN, James (Jim) Jennings, 80 of Williamsburg, VA, passed away Wednesday, March 15, in Richmond, VA. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Henrietta Jennings; two children, Hampton Jennings (San Diego, CA) and Karen Brown Miller and her husband Carl (Richmond, VA); and three adored grandchildren, Brendan Miller, Emily Miller, and Matthew Miller.

Jim was born 6 August 1936 in Washington, DC, the sole child of Earl Jennings and Edith Traylor Brown. He received his BA from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME; his Master of Science (Inorganic Chemistry) from Georgetown University; and his Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law. He held various professional positions at a number of government agencies and patent law firms before going into private patent law practice. He was a member of several professional societies including American Chemical Society and American Institute of chemical Engineers where he was a past president. He was a deacon, elder, and taught Sunday school at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland. He had numerous interests and pastimes including coaching his children’s soccer and basketball teams, gardening, and woodworking. He and Henrietta traveled extensively in Europe, the Americas, and the Holy Land. He was a lifelong student of American and European history, a love he passed on to his family.

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