Alex Smith Brown, Jr., 80, died at Moses Cone Hospital on Sept. 6, 2003. Mr. Brown was born in Tennille, Ga.,on Nov. 23, 1922, to Alex Smith Brown and Lillian Daley Brown. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nancy Cockman Brown. He was a member of the class of 1944 at The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. and also graduated from The Executive Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Called to active duty in WW II during his Junior year at The Citadel in 1943, Alex completed Officer Candidate School and joined the 66th Infantry Division as a Platoon Leader. Lt. Brown was on board the troopship Leopoldville, that was torpedoed in the English Channel on Christmas Eve, 1944 when 802 men lost their lives. In France, he was promoted to Company Commander of his Heavy Weapons Company and later to Battalion Commander in charge of redeploying service troops to the Pacific. After the war, he was made Supply Officer for 17 Prisoners of War camps in Austria. He was promoted to Captain and returned to the U.S. in 1946 where he was awarded a Certificate of Merit and the Combat Infantry Badge. After returning to The Citadel as a civilian, Mr. Brown graduated in 1947. He then joined American Associated Consultants, an industrial engineering consulting company based in New York City. He worked in many companies in various industries, including firms in Colombia, South America where he spent five years as Chief Engineer. Returning to The United States he was made Vice President and Chief Engineer of the company with an office in Pittsburgh. After 12 years in consulting, he joined Burlington Industries where he became Chief Industrial Engineer. He worked 17 years with Burlington before moving to Dan River Mills where he became Corporate Vice President. He spent 10 years with Dan River before retiring. A memorial service for Mr. Brown will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, at the First Baptist Church. Those who wish to visit the family may do so at Well-Spring Retirement Community in the Private Living Room from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, or in the church parlor after the memorial service. Mr. Brown will be buried in Tennille, Ga., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003.
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