Dr. Lee Francis Brown, 92, beloved husband, father, grandfather, engineer, mathematician, researcher, teacher, skier, lover of Shakespeare, musician, climber, mountaineer, sailor, veteran, photographer, mechanic, poet, essayist, Notre Dame fan, world traveler, and reader, passed away peacefully at home in Albuquerque on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Lee was born Saturday, February 23, 1929 in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Walter and Hazel (Dutton) Brown, the middle of three brothers. He studied chemical engineering, earning a Bachelor's from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. He served in the Army Chemical Corps and taught chemical engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He finished his career working as a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He spent his retirement years writing, traveling, and following his grandchildren's accomplishments.
Lee is survived by his wife Monica (Walsh) of nearly 54 years; his three children, Eric, Cecilia, and Tim; and his seven grandchildren, Ben, Evelyne, Audrey, Liam, David, Silas, and Micah.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lee's memory to Meals on Wheels, https://mow-nm.org/ or Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque, https://www.rrfb.org/.
A Memorial Rosary will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 10 a.m. at the Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas Rd. NE, followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. A visitation will be held at FRENCH-University on Monday, August 2, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A reception will be held prior and following the visitation 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Tim and Jill Brown's home.