Jack E. Brown, Jr., associate professor and chairman of the department of pharmacy practice and administration at the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy in Rochester, New York, died unexpectedly on November 2. He was 48 years old.
Brown was an infectious diseases (ID)–trained researcher and a prolific author. He joined the faculty of Wegmans School of Pharmacy in 2013 after serving as associate professor of pharmacy, medicine, and public health at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
His earlier career included research and education roles at the University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy in Storrs, at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire, and at Cubist Pharmaceuticals in Lexington, Massachusetts.
“He was the kindest person; he always put others first,” said Deborah Goff, associate professor in infectious diseases at the Ohio State University (OSU) Medical Center in Columbus. “He was also a gifted educator. He loved teaching.”
Goff first met Brown 17 years ago when he discovered his passion for ID pharmacy and became her postgraduate year 2 resident. After Brown completed the program in 2003, he and Goff continued to collaborate on scientific projects throughout his career.
“Jack was a great researcher,” Goff said. “He was a very analytical person and … he really had a skill that is so necessary in our profession.”
Goff credited Brown as an author of a 2014 report she called one of the largest studies on postmarketing surveillance of antibiotic adverse events. His other major contributions to the pharmacy literature included publications on the pharmacodynamic thresholds for glycopeptide and lipopeptide antibiotics against common gram-positive organisms.
“Jack’s focus was to educate through research and publication,” said Jerry Siegel, vice president for business development at Safe Medication Management in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and Brown’s first residency program director at OSU.
Brown’s literary expertise earned him an appointment to AJHP’s editorial board. In 2014, Brown was named contributing editor for therapeutics for the journal. In these roles, he provided editorial and practice expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, ID, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics.
“Jack was an influential and respected researcher and author,” said AJHP editor in chief Daniel Cobaugh. “Throughout his career, he demonstrated a passion for advancing patient care through generation of scientific evidence that could guide clinical decision-making. He shared, generously, his knowledge, experiences, and passion with AJHP as an author, reviewer, and contributing editor. The AJHP editorial board, editors, and staff will miss him and the insights he brought to journal.”
Goff said Brown’s time in the Navy demonstrated one aspect of his broader commitment to service—to his country, his family, and his profession.
After leaving the Navy, Brown earned B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and an M.S. in epidemiology and statistics from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Brown was the 2014 recipient of OSU Medical Center’s Jerry Siegel Clinical Achievement Award for Significant and Sustained Contributions to Research and Clinical Practice.
“I will miss Jack a great deal because of his passion for pharmacy and his passion for life,” Siegel said.
He added that Brown worked hard and had high expectations for himself and for those around him.
“Jack really wanted people to understand that if they worked hard, they would accomplish a lot,” Siegel said. “He wanted to make sure that his students had a broader role in clinical provision of care, not only in the hospital setting but even as clinical researchers.”
He said Brown was also grateful for the opportunities offered to him throughout his career and eager to extend opportunities to others.
Brown himself, in his prepared remarks on accepting the Siegel award, named 4 personal principles that guided his career as a pharmacist: Take ownership of your decisions, learn from mistakes, develop a personal definition of professional success and reach for it, and give back.
These precepts, he stated, helped him to have a career filled with challenging clinical practice, meaningful research, and the privilege to work with and mentor students and trainees.
Brown was a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). He was named ACCP’s New York State Researcher of the Year in 2012 and was the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year in 2013.
Jack is survived by his wife of 16 years, Kristen (Connors) Brown; daughter Alana “Lanie” Brown; and father Jack E. Brown, Sr.
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