Dr. Frank's Story

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Dr. Frank M. Brown, age 85, of North Mankato, died peacefully Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mankato. Visitation will be one hour before services. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Frank was born the son of a Presbyterian minister on December 8, 1931 in Bland, VA. He received his B.A. degree from King College, the M. Div, from Columbia Theological Seminary, and the S.T.M. and D. Min. degrees from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the Presbyterian Ministry in 1957.
Following pastorates in Pensacola, FL; Charlotte, NC and Newport News, VA, Frank entred Clinical Pastoral Education under the supervision of Pat Prest and Roy Woodruff at the Medical College of Virginia, 1970-1972. He was Certified a member of the A.P.C. (College of Chaplains) 1972, the A.A.P.C. in 1973 and the A.C.P.E. in 1974.
Frank was A.C.P.E. Supervisor for the Presbyterian Hospital Ministry at the Mayo Clinic complex in Rochester, MN, 1972-1980 and at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MN from 1980 until his retirement in 1996. His emphasis in supervision was on teaching his students the value of expressing feelings in communication and thus to facilitate the expression of "feelings" on the part of patients and their family members. This grew out of Frank's personal experience.

Frank was married to Louise Landrum, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, upon their graduation from King College in 1954. They adopted Ginger in 1960 and Mark in 1963. It was in 1963 that Louise was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was confined to a wheel chair in 1969 and Frank cared for her until she entered a nursing home in 1976. They were divorced in 1977. Frank married Dee Aho in 1982. She had four daughters who became part of his extended family. Having been a caretaker in the home and having experienced the influence of a chronic illness in the family provided Frank a unique emphasis for his Clinical Supervision.

Frank presented a Workshop on "Chronic Illness in the Family" at the College of Chaplains (A.P.C.) about 1974, published an article in The Tie on "Spirituality" about 1985 and a book entitled, Sermons For All Seasons in 2002. In retirement he was involved in organizing and in teaching at the Institute for the Development of Lay Ministers in the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys.

Frank is survived by son, Mark (Terri) Brown of Lihue, HI; daughter, Ginger LaVan of Rochester; step daughters, Karen Emory of Colorado Springs, CO; Andrea Leibowitz of New Bury Park, CA; Barbara (Donny) Healy of Mankato; and Kimberly (Jerry) Covey of Good Thunder. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Louise, second wife Dolores, stepson John John Aho, and sister Jane Brown.
Published on August 7, 2017
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