On the evening of Sunday, September 19, 2021, Vernon Brown of Prescott, AZ, passed away at the age of 91. Vernon was born to G. Vernon and Lillian Brown in 1929.
He graduated from Rutgers University in 1953 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Vernon worked for Bell Labs for 30 years while residing in Morris Plains, New Jersey, Las Cruces, New Mexico and Boulder, Colorado. Development, and finally on all electronic PBX.
He retired early from Bell Labs, to start a manufacturing business in Boulder, Colorado, then moved to Barrington, Illinois, where he was recruited by Motorola to lead the development of a cellular car phone for the use of the NIPPON telephone in Japan. He has also led a number of Motorola’s research and development organizations, including manufacturing technology focused on miniature electronics technologies for Motorola’s first miniature cellphones (the MicroTac and RAZR flip phones). Vernon was an active member of Motorola’s scientific advisory board and a member of its patent committee. He retired from Motorola in December 1996. From his retirement until 2000, he worked as a private entrepreneur for several companies. Throughout his engineering career, Vernon accumulated 40 patents.
During his adult life he remained active in many different organizations large and small – charitable, community, business, religious, research, including a US government / multi-company / multi-university research consortium that ‘He led as a program manager for the United States DARPA Organization.
Vernon’s passion outside of work during his early years was herding and breeding registered Hereford cattle and he was a horse lover. He also enjoyed reading non-fiction works, particularly the Bible and early American history, studying world events and technological developments.
Vernon is survived by his wife Joan of 67 years; a sister; four children; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Prescott Church of the Nazarene where a private memorial service was held in his honor. Arrangements entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary. The information was provided by Heritage Memory Mortuary.