Brown, Gerald Bernard Youngest son of James and Margaret Brown, died on February 20, 2014 at the age of 79. He was born on October 2, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Wendell Phillips High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973 with a B.S. in Economics. He worked for Midas for 43 years, overseeing its Market Research program, and retiring in 1999 as Manager of Market Research. In recognition for his contributions to Midas, he was awarded the I.C. Industries Chairman Award in 1984 and the Midas President's Award in 1994. Gerald served as Chairman of Marketing and Publicity Committee of the Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) organization. He became a member of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago in 1971. He served on the Board of Directors of the Depot, a family counseling service founded at the First Unitarian Church. He is survived by 4 sons, James Ladson, Anthony Ladson, Tyrone Brown and Jerry Brown; and 6 grandchildren, Vincent, Taylor Nicole, Anthony Jr., Tatiana, Isaiah and Alexandra. He was godfather to Stephen Bloch. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 1st at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, Illinois at 3:00 p.m.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Feb. 24, 2014