W Douglas Brown, MD
August 5, 1957 - June 4, 2018

W Douglas Brown, MD

W Douglas Brown, MD
Aug 5, 1957 - Jun 4, 2018

W Douglas Brown, MD
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MADISON - W. Douglas (Doug) Brown, 60, of Madison, WI, died on June 4, 2018, at Agrace HospiceCare. Doug was a gifted neuroradiologist. In late 2015 he noticed small symptoms which led to an early diagnosis of his glioblastoma (brain cancer).

Doug was born on August 5, 1957, in Beaumont, Texas, to Jerry L. and Madelyn (Crane) Brown. He graduated with a BA from Baylor in 1979, marrying fellow Baylor grad D. Eugenia "Genie" Sherman on Dec. 27, 1981, in Dallas. He took his MD from UT Southwestern Medical School in 1984.

Instead of going into private medical practice, Doug chose a more fulfilling career in academic medicine teaching residents and medical students. Residents described him as "an exceptional clinician, teacher, educator," with "great passion showing [students] how their role could make a difference in patient outcomes." In 2017, the Froedtert Radiology Dept. created the W. Douglas Brown Mentorship Award in his honor.

In addition to his love for his work, Doug loved the outdoors. He was an avid bicyclist and rode the Door County Century for 20 years, sometimes in company with their beloved son Nathaniel.

A quiet man and a deep thinker, Doug never stopped learning. He was a devotee of podcasts covering a wide range of topics, from roses to geology to astrophysics. His single raised eyebrow was a signature conveyer of gentle skepticism and his wry humor.

Doug was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church since 1991 and a member of several bicycle and professional medical organizations.

Survivors include his wife D. Eugenia "Genie" Sherman; son W. Nathaniel Brown and wife Silvia Espinosa Gutiez; sisters Debby Brown Skinner (Brad) and Linda Brown Cullum (Bob); three nieces and one nephew. Doug was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham Street, Madison, WI 53703, followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to Christ Presbyterian Church ( or the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, 655 W. Badger Road, Madison, W, 53713 (

The family wishes to thank NeuroOncologist Dr. Jennifer Connelly and her team at Froedtert Hospital and the staff of Agrace Hospice in Madison for their amazing professionalism and compassion through the hard journey of cancer.


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