Dr Ken Brown – Celebration of Life

Sat, Apr 29, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrating the Life of Dr Ken Brown


Dr Kenneth L.B. Brown MD MSc FRCSC

May 27, 1951 – March 20, 2023

It is with a heavy heart that the family of Dr Ken Brown announces his passing on March 20, 2023 from a stroke. Ken is survived and dearly missed by Trish, his best friend and wife of fifty years, daughters Alix (Joe), Katie (Jared), and Meg, grandsons Mateo, Liam, and Lucas, and sister Rona Lynn.

Ken was born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan in 1951 and spent his early years in Winnipeg. He completed his medical school training at the University of Manitoba and did a residency in orthopaedic surgery, followed by a Master of Science in Experimental Surgery at McGill University. As the recipient of a Samuel McLaughlin travelling fellowship, he studied pediatric orthopaedics at the AI Dupont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. He went on to study musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Florida with Dr Bill Enneking, and at the Rizzoli Institute with Professor Mario Campanacci in Bologna, Italy. Upon completion of fellowship training, Dr Brown began his practice at McGill University in Montreal. In 1993, Dr Brown began practicing at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, and became a UBC Orthopaedics Clinical Professor in 2003. Following his retirement in 2014, he was awarded the title of Clinical Professor Emeritus.

Dr Brown’s clinical interests extended to the treatment of skeletal deformities in children, musculoskeletal tumours, and reconstructive microsurgery. He made significant contributions to the understanding of limb reconstruction in children, including advancing the revolutionary procedure of rotationplasty. Dr Brown was an active member of many international orthopaedic and oncologic societies. He was president of the International Society of Limb Salvage from 1989 to 1991, and a key contributor to the Children’s Oncology Group. He was the recipient of the American-British-Canadian Travelling Fellowship in 1991 and received the Eduoard Samson Award for research from the Canadian Orthopaedic Association for his work on growth plate transplantation. Dr Brown was known to care deeply for his patients and their families, and he was inspired by their courage and determination.

Following a distinguished career, Ken was happy in retirement, turning his passion, curiosity, and love of learning to many new projects and interests. He was an avid antique car collector, and he and Trish were active participants in car rallies throughout North America. He was restoring his 1959 Mercedes, the first car he ever owned, bought at age 16. Ken curled at the Vancouver Curling Club and the Marpole Masters League, where he was distinguishable by his shiny 8-ball helmet. Ken had a life-long passion for photography: in addition to members of his family, his most photographed subject was the view from his beloved home in Vancouver. He loved music and his eclectic taste was always playing at home and in the operating room. He especially loved piano music, particularly when Trish played. Ken and Trish travelled extensively throughout the world, as well as explored the beauty and nature of BC by foot, kayak, and car. Everywhere he went, Ken engaged strangers in conversation, driven by his genuine interest in people from all walks of life.

Ken was devoted to his family and cherished his time with his wife, daughters and grandsons. He was loved and respected by family and friends for his unique personality and sense of humour, his honesty, and his exceptional strength of character. He is profoundly missed.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on April 29, 2023 at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W. 49th Ave. Donations can be made to pediatric cancer research through the BC Cancer Foundation or call 604-877-6157.


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