Dr. Jack Davis Brown, 81

Published 1:05 pm Monday, August 7, 2023

Dr. Jack Davis Brown (Dec. 26, 1941 – Jul. 22, 2023) died last month at Hilo Medical Center in Hilo, Hawaii.

Dr. Brown was a professor of French at the University of Mississippi, where he was acting chair of the Modern Languages Department for two years. He was also editor of Romance Monographs and a Knight in the French Order of the Academic Palms.

Outside academia, he was the owner of The Garden Center in Oxford and a member of First Presbyterian Church. In 2007, Dr. Brown retired to Pahoa, Hawaii, where he became active in the culinary arts.

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He is preceded in death by his partner Steve McCombs (d. 2012). He is survived by his ex-wife, Margaret Fancher of Oxford; his son, Davis Brown of Salisbury, N.C.; his daughter Anne-Marie Davis of Charlotte, N.C., and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Cross UCC, 440 W. Lanikuala St., Hilo, Hawaii, with a scattering of the ashes to follow.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Neighborhood Place of Puna, neighborhoodplaceofpuna.org.