Rodney G. Brown

Rodney G. Brown, notable inventor, retired DuPont Company executive, husband of former Muncy resident Fannie Wood, died peacefully at age 97 on Jan. 3, 2013, in Newtown Square, Pa.

Born May 1, 1915, in Elkhart Indiana to Lester Ames and Margaret Grube Brown, he graduated from Oberlin College and began work in 1937 as a chemist in DuPont’s legendary Parlin, N.J., laboratory.

In 1946 Rodney Brown patented the industry-changing ‘hot-melt’ adhesives that still bind the world’s paperbacks and magazines. Having worked on modern can coatings and automotive finishes, and being both rarely knowledgeable and outgoing, Rodney was tapped to call on customers and ultimately became DuPont’s automotive sales manager in Detroit and consultant to car makers in Brazil and Venezuela.

Rodney was active in Boy Scouting and a school board member in Havertown, Pa. and was a deacon in Kirk-in-the-Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

After retirement he worked with International Executive Service Corp to improve auto finishing operations in Korea and Mexico and became a stockbroker, joining Smith Barney.

Survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Fannie Wood (Suze) Brown; Rodney was the much-cherished patriarch of our extensive family: father of Garrett, Margaret and Sheldon and father-in-law to Carl, Ellen and Jude; adored grandad of Jonathan, Janet, Sarah, Jamison, Rachel, Garrett and Jessica; great-grandad to Jasmine, Savanna, Marley, Cole, Dylan, Hudson, Griffin, Ruby and Charlotte.

Rod and Suze (grandad and nana) traveled extensively and delighted in taking children and grandkids on trips to destinations around the world. In 2000 they moved to Whitehorse Village in Newtown Square, Pa., where he and Suze enjoyed the society of their many friends and last spring, once again, at ages 97 and 99, were Croquet Champions!

An avid reader and lifelong sailor, Rodney G. Brown loved a fresh breeze on the Chesapeake, a fine joke, a great story and a slice of world-class lemon meringue pie. He was a good, sweet man and a true inspiration who will be joyfully remembered for all of our lives.