A Father’s Inspiration and Legacy

When Frank Brown Jr. was in middle school, his father, Frank Brown Sr., would take him jogging, but being a long-time Army man, they didn’t simply jog. Brown Sr. led his son in military cadences—traditional call and response songs—while they ran.

When Brown Jr. finished high school, he followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the Army, serving eight years as a chemical specialist, including a deployment to Iraq in the early 1990s. “My dad was definitely an inspiration,” Brown Jr. said.

Brown Sr., who served three years in Korea and Japan during the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, earned a degree in social work from Rutgers–Camden in 1979. He served part-time in the New Jersey National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve until he retired from the military in 2001 as a major.

His son also followed in his father’s college footsteps, attending Rutgers–Camden and earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2016 and a master’s degree in social work in 2018. Brown Jr., who lives in Camden, now works in medical transportation and has recently been helping patients with COVID-19 get to dialysis appointments.

Brown Sr., who lives in Atco, New Jersey, is retired after 32 years as an equal opportunity officer supervisor the New Jersey Department of Human Services, but remains very active. An ordained minister, Brown Sr. is involved in numerous civic activities, including serving as the Rutgers–Camden student liaison for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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