Albert James Brown – Colonel, United States Air Force

Albert James Brown, 86, an Air Force Colonel who retired in 1974 and volunteered in organizations for the developmentally disabled, died May 20, 2008, at Ingleside Presbyterian Retirement Community in Washington. He had multiple myeloma.

Colonel Brown, a native of Pasadena, California, served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and was a navigator on 30 bomber missions over Europe.

He developed a specialty in telecommunications, electronics and air-traffic control and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. His decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and four awards of the Air Medal.

He settled in the Washington area after his military retirement and became involved in efforts to help the developmentally disabled, because of a daughter born with disabilities.

He did volunteer work for St. John's Development Center, a mental health facility in Washington, and other organizations.

He was a deacon and elder at National Presbyterian Church in Washington and started a Sunday school class for the developmentally disabled.

He moved to Ingleside from Silver Spring seven years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Jessie Crawford Brown of Ingleside; and a daughter, Donna Brown of Kensington.

ALBERT J. BROWN, Colonel, USAF (Retired), 86 on Tuesday, May 20, 2008,  beloved husband of Jessie Crawford Brown; father of Donna Anne Brown.

Funeral service will be held at National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 29 at 11 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Presbyterian Church or to ARC of Montgomery County, 11600 Nebel Street, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

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