Remembering Dr. Jack Brown, Fisher professor

By Diana Russo, Editor in Chief and Jake Allen, Managing Editor 

Dr. Jack Brown, associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, passed away suddenly.

One Fisher student recalled a class with Dr. Brown and said that while she had only known him for a short time, it was clear that he was a tough professor, but also a very nice man who cared about his students and emulated a deep sense of pride for his career.

Riley Goho, a P1 Pharmacy student, is enrolled in a calculations course within the pharmacy program that was taught by Dr. Brown for one week during the month of October. Dr. Brown became Goho’s interim advisor this semester due to Dr. Avery going on sabbatical.  

Although this is tragic news for both the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, as well as the St. John Fisher community as a whole, it is amazing to see how the community comes together so quickly,” said Goho. “Personally, for the P1 class, we all got together Friday morning in our classroom and just talked about what was going on and what we wanted to do going forward and then spent the afternoon together. For now we will just remember the memories of him and gather as a community to help each other grieve properly.”

Photo provided by Pamela Carzo
Photo provided by Pamela Carzo

Following the announcement of his passing, President Rooney addressed Brown’s character and commitment to Fisher in a recent statement.

“He was an accomplished pharmacist, a dedicated researcher, and committed member of the faculty,” said Rooney. “He will be missed.”

Prior to accepting his position at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College in 2013, Brown worked at The University at Buffalo with a clinical practice site at the University of Rochester Medical Center. At his prior place of employment, he was awarded the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year award in 2013.

“The news was very shocking to everyone at Fisher and to the pharmacy community at large,” said Dr. Christine Birnie, Dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. “Jack was an accomplished clinician and researcher, having made significant contributions to the field of infectious disease pharmacy.  The loss will be felt across the profession and the academy.”

Brown co-authored over 120 abstracts, journal articles, and book chapters that address infectious diseases pharmacotherapy, pharmacoepidemiology, and using advanced technologies to improve clinical outcomes. He was also a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 2014.

In addition, Brown was well versed academically. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, a Master’s of Science from Dartmouth Medical College (Epidemiology and Biometrics and a Pharm.D. from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

Birnie said that Fisher will “… appoint an interim department chair over the next few weeks and will open his position to a national search for next academic year.”

Friends may attend calling hours at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree Street, Rte 15 & 20A, Livonia, NY on Tuesday, November 7, from 4-7 p.m.

As the Fisher family remembers Brown, we send our condolences to his family and friends.

Brown’s obituary in the Democrat and Chronicle can be found here.

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