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Dr. James "Noel" Brown Obituary


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“I didn't learn about Dr. Brown's death until after the funeral. I shouldn't be surprised that I still grieve a bit. I was his patient originally...Read More »
1 of 53 | Posted by: Sarah - Iowa City, IA - Patient

“I've had a lot of Docs in my years-- Dr. Brown kept it "real." I went in and asked him if I should apply to grad school with my disability and he...Read More »
2 of 53 | Posted by: Anonymous - Iowa City, IA

“Mona and family We are so sorry and shocked to learn just yesterday of the passing of Dr. Brown. I can remember the Brown family being friends...Read More »
3 of 53 | Posted by: Kay (Rittmanic) Picolet - IA

“I'm behind in the news of Dr. Brown passing. Thought I had receive a statement in the mail for my last visit, slow getting around to bill paying....Read More »
4 of 53 | Posted by: Janet D - patient

“It seems I have been out of touch with the news and was not aware of Dr. Brown's passing until today when I called the office ( I knew he was ill) to...Read More »
5 of 53 | Posted by: Rebecca Rosenbaum

“To All of Noe's Family, I met your parents working at the Co-op. They always made my day a little brighter and funnier. Your Dad told me once...Read More »
6 of 53 | Posted by: Sheila Cannon - Iowa City, IA

“We were greatly saddened to hear of Dr. Brown's passing. He was such a compassionate friend and colleague to my father, Wayne Tegler. During my dad...Read More »
7 of 53 | Posted by: Betsy Larson - Gurnee, IL

“The world is dimmer and heaven is much brighter since the passing of Dr. Brown. I was privileged to know him, honored to work with him and blessed...Read More »
8 of 53 | Posted by: Susan M - Iowa City, IA

“My condolences go out to Dr. Brown's family, friends, and Alice. He was always so polite and non-judgemental. I never left his office without his...Read More »
9 of 53 | Posted by: D.F. - Iowa City, IA - client

“What a wonderful neighbor Noel was to our family. He brought us tomatoes in the summer, made us stiff drinks in the winter, came to celebrate the...Read More »
10 of 53 | Posted by: Monica Lewis - Rochester, NY

“Dr . Brown made a very tough situation for me not so tough. His kind and gentle words made all the difference . My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
11 of 53 | Posted by: Katie Printen Puszynski - IL

“I first met Ciaran when the Brown family moved to Manville Heights he has always been a close friend. I have always admired Noel and Mona and...Read More »
12 of 53 | Posted by: Ethan and Tiarnan Fox - Iowa City, IA

“Dear Mona, Ciaran, Ruadhri, Seaghan, Seamus, Maire; spouses and family; Dr Brown was always a most compassionate, faithful & honest individual....Read More »
13 of 53 | Posted by: joellen megan - co-worker

“I have been Dr. Brown's patient for 22 years, and can honestly say that I would not be alive today if not for the most kind, caring, and...Read More »
14 of 53 | Posted by: Jeanette and Elson Byler - Hills, IA

“Dr. Brown was a wonderful physician and psychiatrist. He helped many of my patients with their psychiatric problems. It was always a delight to...Read More »
15 of 53 | Posted by: Dan & Cathy Hogan - Riverside, IA

“Dr. Brown helped me through some difficult times in my life. I will miss his humor and our yearly visits. You are in my thoughts amd prayers. ...Read More »
16 of 53 | Posted by: Mary Fowler

“Dr. Brown said many wise things to me, and told many a story that set us both laughing. But there is one thing he related to me that truly changed my...Read More »
17 of 53 | Posted by: Dan Brown - Iowa City, IA

“There is much to remember and much to be thankful for as I remember Dr. "Noel" Brown and the way he shared his life with those around him. Each of...Read More »
18 of 53 | Posted by: Jonie Novotny - Iowa City, IA

“I am so sorry about your loss, I hope the memories help your heart heal. I did not know your father on a personal level but I do remember your...Read More »
19 of 53 | Posted by: Colleen Mahoney - Iowa City, IA

“My deepest condolences Dr. Brown's wife, family and friends. I was never able to meet him, as my daughter was his patient only within the past year,...Read More »
20 of 53 | Posted by: Maureen Walsh - Chicago, IL

“Dr. Brown was much more than just a doctor to us. He was a very gentle soul full of wisdom and kindness and laughter. We count him among our very...Read More »
21 of 53 | Posted by: Bill & LaVerna Nickell - Wellman, IA

“Dr. Brown was a fearless man, who searched for joy in every encounter and if he did not find it, he created the joy himself. The compassion and...Read More »
22 of 53 | Posted by: Ed Heffron - Iowa City, IA

“We will remember Noel as we recall his humour, his stories, jokes and his enthusiasm for his many interests. Those of us from Ireland who visited...Read More »
23 of 53 | Posted by: Gerard & Christina Cotter & Family

“I have only had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of Noel. I wouldn't think of myself as someone that he would recognize in passing, although...Read More »
24 of 53 | Posted by: P. Anderson - Sioux Falls, SD

“I was so sad to hear about Dr.Brown! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have many fond memories of your husband/father and I loved...Read More »
25 of 53 | Posted by: Lisa Printen - Wilmette, IL

“Our deepest sorrow to the Brown family. Dr. Brown was a fine man all the way around. We'll have a drink and a laugh in his memory. ”
26 of 53 | Posted by: Lisa and Neil MacNaughton - MN

“We were shocked and saddened by Dr.Brown's death. He was a very caring person and sincerely interested in the well being of his patients and their...Read More »
27 of 53 | Posted by: Mary & William Mullan - IA

“I knew Noel and Mona in IC along with Clancy and Brindley (mason City). When I could understand what Noel said---I enjoyed it. Sorry for his passing...Read More »
28 of 53 | Posted by: Robert Powell, MD - Mason City, IA

“I'm very sad to hear this news. The Brown family has always held a special place for me. My father, Bill Murray, was a good friend and is deeply...Read More »
29 of 53 | Posted by: John Murray - Bronx, NY

“We know Noel, my dad Jim Baxter, John Clancy and Chipper are definitely catching up on old times tonight. What fun they had! We miss them all. ...Read More »
30 of 53 | Posted by: Julie and Steve Lacina and Irene Baxter - IA

“Dr. Brown will be missed by many. He made so many people feel good and his laughter was contagious. He's in the arms of the angels now. My...Read More »
31 of 53 | Posted by: Virginia Jacob - Wellman, IA

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Brown. Our heartfelt sympathy to Dr. Brown's family. May the perfect peace that only HE can...Read More »
32 of 53 | Posted by: Janice Dugger - What Cheer, IA

“Anyone can see that Noel and Mona Brown had something special going for them all these years ! Just look at how gracefully their five children have...Read More »
33 of 53 | Posted by: Stan & Delores Thompson - Oxford, IA

“Dr Brown admitted patients to 4 North since its inception and was dedicated to the success of the unit and the care of his patients. Dr Brown first...Read More »
34 of 53 | Posted by: 4 North Staff - Iowa City, IA

“To the family of Dr. Brown, I wanted to express my sadness for you family having lost your dear family member. For many years Dr. Brown selflessly...Read More »
35 of 53 | Posted by: Sandra Cox - Vinton, IA

“We would like to express our deepest condolences and sorrow to Mona, Maura, Ciaran, Seamus, Rory and Sean on the loss of their wonderful husband and...Read More »
36 of 53 | Posted by: Lauri & Rita Vaughan - Friends

“Mona,Ciaran,Ruadhri,Seaghan,Seamus,Maire and families. Heart felt sympathy to all of you. Wonderful memories of a man who never lost his Irishness...Read More »
37 of 53 | Posted by: Billy & Mary O Connor - Cork

“Dr. Brown was a wonderful doctor and I feel blessed to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
38 of 53 | Posted by: Kerry Campbell - Iowa City, IA

“Sincere sympathy to the Brown family on the loss of their Father. ”
39 of 53 | Posted by: liam Cassidy - Celbridge, Ireland

“Mona and family--Noel's kindness, compassion and graciousness will be long remembered and deeply missed. The stories, laughter we shared with you...Read More »
40 of 53 | Posted by: Jan (Dull) Ahlberg - Iowa City, IA

The Captain on the Mississippi. “We are sad to watch you travel onward without us. Thank you for sharing with us part of your journey. The Sheas. ”
41 of 53 | Posted by: Betty, Mark and Andy Shea - IA

“Dear Brown Family, Please accept our condolences on the passing of JC Noel. He was a wonderful man and we always enjoyed his "stories" and...Read More »
42 of 53 | Posted by: The Roccas - Iowa City, IA

“We will dearly miss the wit, laughter and supportive advice of the sage of Northwood Drive. ”
43 of 53 | Posted by: Geoff and Erika Lauer - Iowa city, IA

“Ciaran and I were best friends in High School and I was lucky enough to go on trips with the family (Boundary Waters was a highlight) and visit with...Read More »
44 of 53 | Posted by: Bill Morrison - St Louis, MO

“To The Family of Dr. Brown, I would like for give all of you my deepest sympathies for your tremendous loss. Dr. Brown was a very kind and warm...Read More »
45 of 53 | Posted by: Angela - North Liberty, IA

“To the family of Dr. Brown: Joe and I would like to express our sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one. I was a patient of his for 30...Read More »
46 of 53 | Posted by: Mary Frantz - IA

“Sad as it is and it is sad indeed, I know Chipper will be glad to see you. And god help heaven with those two Irishmen together again... men said...Read More »
47 of 53 | Posted by: Jim Kearney - Iowa City, IA

“Dear Mona and family, Jenny and I and the whole Printen family send you our deepest condolences on Noel's passing. Seems it wasn't all that...Read More »
48 of 53 | Posted by: Ken and Jenny Printen - Wilmette, IL

“My condolences to all of the Brown family. Dr. Brown helped our family laugh through some really tough times, but was also there for the happier...Read More »
49 of 53 | Posted by: Tracey Printen - Northbrook, IL

“We are sorry about your loss, we will forever miss Nole, the sweetest man we have met. ”
50 of 53 | Posted by: The Sweetings - iowa city, IA

“We will miss your smile and laugh and especially your stories. Love and condolences to Mona and the family ”
51 of 53 | Posted by: Stacy Van Zante and JoAnn Herdliska - IA

“First met Dr. Brown in the Fall of 1972. He had examined me on the second or third floor in the afternoon at Mercy Hospital.That evening I had a...Read More »
52 of 53 | Posted by: John McAndrew - Iowa City, IA

“I was, as he told me many times, his first Private patient. I met him when I was 18 yrs. old, and was his patient for 30 years. I suffer from...Read More »
53 of 53 | Posted by: Rebecca (Goethals) Heick - IA


Dr. James “Noel” Brown, 78, of Iowa City, died Thursday, January 13, 2011, at his home.

A gathering for family and friends will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

James Christopher Noel Brown was born December 21, 1932, in Friars Walk, Cork, Ireland. He received his medical degree from the National University of Ireland, followed by his M.S. in Psychiatry from the State University of Iowa in 1964.

His interests over the years were diverse. He was the boxing champion of Cork College, where he was also a member of the Crew Team. He was involved in SCUBA diving, bird watching, as well as art and antique collecting. He rode his bicycle across Iowa many times with his children (and Mona behind in a support vehicle).

Noel’s passions included his family and friends, food, drink, dance, books of all types, and Ireland. He was a consummate storyteller who never let a little bit of truth interfere with a good tale. He loved fishing trips with his friends, boating on the Mississippi, and continuing education. He was a healer and his greatest passion was the practice of medicine.

His family includes his loving wife of over 50 years, Monica Brown; their children and spouses, Ciaran and Deb, Ruadhri and Erika, Seaghan and Kathy, Seamus and Amy, and Maire; grandchildren, Maili and Aodhan; and his brother, Jack Brown.