Dr. Danny Anderson Brown

JONESBOROUGH, TENN. -- Dr. Danny “Dan” Anderson Brown, Ph.D., 70, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Vanderbilt Hospital following a short, but courageous battle with cancer. A native of Western North Carolina, he was the son of the late William Yarbrough and Elizabeth Anderson Brown.  

Danny earned a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree from Western Carolina University. After leaving a career in public school teaching and coaching, he earned a doctoral degree in the processes and effects of mass communication from the University of Massachusetts and graduated with highest honors. After leaving the University of Evansville, he joined the faculty of the department of communication at East Tennessee State University in 1984. In 1989, he was appointed associate dean of student affairs in the college of arts and sciences. He currently was still serving as associate dean and professor in the department of media and communication, in which he also served as graduate coordinator of the master of the arts in the professional communication program. 

Dan was a specialist in mass communications, focusing his intellectual energies on popular culture, sports and television. He wrote or co-wrote 18 book chapters in his field, with seven articles in revered journals. The thousands of students he advised during his 32-year tenure at ETSU and the many colleagues whom he shepherded through the often-complicated advisement process will fondly remember him. His hobbies included reading books, playing golf, and watching movies and sports, especially basketball. 

His wife and love of his life, Lauren Tester Brown; stepdaughter, Susan Pryor; stepson, Mark Pryor; his uncle and aunt, Jim and Pat Anderson, of Shelby; special cousins, Patti Newman, Diana Parham and Jim Willis as well as several other cousins, survive him. He was particularly devoted to his friend and mentor, Jennings Bryant; special friends and golfing partners, Don Johnson and Gene Tinnon; and the members of the Friday Lunch Bunch. He will be greatly missed by his canine companions Diego, Cisco and Missy. 

A Celebration of Life service for Dr. Danny “Dan” Anderson Brown was 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services in Johnson City. The family greeted friends and shared memories Sunday following the service.   

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations are made to One Acre Café, 603 West Walnut St. Johnson City, TN 37604 or to the Humane Society of Washington County, 2101 West Walnut St. Johnson City, TN 37604. 

Memories may be shared and viewed online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services in Johnson City is serving the Brown family.

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