Pat Brown, founder of Brown Claims Service, passes at age 84

Pat Stephen Brown Jr., age 84, founder of Brown Claims Management Group of Baton Rouge, passed away on April 15, 2015 at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Brown was a graduate of Farmhaven High School, Copiah Lincoln Junior College and Mississippi State University. He also served his country for two years during the Korean War with the 854th Medical Battalion, where he reached the rank of sergeant major. He was the founder of Pat S. Brown Claims Service (now Brown Claims Management Group) in 1967.

Brown’s daughter Mary-Jane Cutrer lauded his contribution to the local claims community explaining, “I’ve learned more than ever over the past few days, that my father impacted so many lives and helped to shape many a career in our industry for over 60 years [as an independent claims adjuster.]”

Brown’s contribution to the claims profession is well-known in the local community. Linda Alwood, Executive Director of the Louisiana Claims Association noted his “outstanding reputation in the profession” and remembered his proud support of his son, Steve Brown, who recently received the Association’s Claims Person of the Year award.

Brown’s support extended beyond his family, as he helped serve younger generations and assisted members of the community in any way he could. Cutrer recalled, “He was always willing to lend a hand or a buck to help someone in need, and the recipient must be willing to listen to at least two stories. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. To know him was truly to love him. He will be missed by many. I’m honored to be his daughter.”

Brown was also a former President of the Baton Rouge Claims Association and was a member of University Baptist Church where he served on numerous boards and committees, and where he especially loved being a Children’s Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Trinity Union and was a former member of the Capital City Kiwanis Club and served as chairman of the book collection committee for The Friends of the LSU Library.

Brown is survived by his wife of 60 years, Martha Cooper Brown; one son, Stephen Lamar Brown and his wife Cindy; and one daughter, Mary Jane Brown Cutrer and her husband Michael. Additionally, Brown’s legacy is preserved by his five granddaughters: Dr. Lauren Brown Sanders and her husband Bill, Haleigh Turner, Mary Katherine Brown, Hope Turner and Madison Cutrer. Brown has one sister, Nan Lott, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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