Earl married Anna Mercer Taylor of Southport, N.C., on June 30, 1941, and shared a wonderful life together for over 60 years.
Earl was a life member and past president of Durham Engineers Club; life member of American Society of Civil Engineers and past President of the NC Section of ASCE; Past President of the S.E. Section of the American Society for Engineering Education. He was named “Civil Engineer of the Year” in 1981 by NC Section of ASCE. Earl graduated with a B.S. from V.M.I.; M.S. from NC State; Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Awarded the first Ph. D. in civil engineering South of the Mason Dixon Line. After serving in the army during WWII, he began a teaching career at N.C. State and later at Georgia Tech. He was named Professor and head of CE at Auburn in 1954, later appointed J.A. Jones Professor and Chairman of civil engineering at Duke where he retired in 1981. On leave from the Duke faculty, he was a visiting Professor from 1964-65 at Liverpool University in England and in 1974 at Watersrand University in Republic of South Africa. He retired from the US Army active duty military reserve as a Lt. Colonel in 1962.
Internationally, he was known for his research and development of pre-stressed concrete design and fabrication. His biography has been included in several editions of “Personalities of the South,” Dictionary of International Biographies and “Who’s Who in America.” Earl was a longtime member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, he taught The Home Builders SS Class for a number of years. Later he was a member and served as president of the Spence-Kale Bible Class, he was an official member of the Board and served as Chair of the Commission on Education and of the Council of Ministries.
Earl is survived by his daughter Anne Brown Moody of North Carolina; sons Ralph E. Brown of Florida, Earl I. Brown III of North Carolina; grandchildren Diane Bilotta, Wesley Brown, Mary King, Steven Brown, Marc Houyoux, Charles Houyoux; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers Ralph A. Brown of New Mexico and Malcolm H. Brown of Indiana. Earl is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother William C. Brown.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 2016 Mount Carmel Church Road Chapel Hill, NC 27517. Burial will be at the Old Smithville Burying Ground in Southport, N.C.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Earl’s name may be made to the Carolina Meadows Inc. — Remembrance & Gift Fund, 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 or The Good Samaritan Fund of Duke Memorial Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701.
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Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, Durham, N.C.