Roger Allen Brown
Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
A long-time resident of Arlington, VA, Colonel Roger Allen Brown died of congestive heart failure on February 14. 2018. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Lewis, his two children, Douglas and Colony Brown from his first marriage to Phebe Turner Brown, four grandchildren, Turner, Sullivan and Elsa Naef, and Chloé Brown, and one great grandchild, Anthony McFarland, his brother, Donald Brown, Jr. of Kansas City, MO., and his sister, Dorothy Curry, of Highland Village, TX, and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
Roger was born in St. Joseph, MO on March 6, 1940 to Lara Bowman and Donald Brown, Sr. Upon graduation from high school, Roger entered the U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1962 and was commissioned in the Field Artillery upon graduation. He completed a master’s degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and taught mathematics at West Point. During his remarkable career, Roger commanded Field Artillery units from Battery to Brigade. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and had many deployments, including Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. Roger received many military honors and awards throughout his distinguished career, including a Distinguished Service Medal. He retired from the Army in 1992.
From 1992-2005, Roger was a senior analyst at the RAND Corporation where he worked on a variety of issues for the DoD and Intelligence Community. In 2005 he and Leslie founded a consulting firm and continued their work with the National Security Community. Roger served on many government and industry technical advisory boards and was the president of his homeowner’s association for more than 20 years.
He and Leslie divided their time between Roger’s beloved Vermont and Virginia. In his retirement, Roger was never far from his loyal companions, Ranger and Bruiser, their two dachshunds. Some of his favorite pastimes were reading, playing Suduko, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, and spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on August 6, 2018. Please gather at the Administration Building (inside the main gate) at 2:15 p.m. for the graveside service that will commence at 3:00 p.m. A reception will be held at the Army Navy Country Club 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in honor of Colonel Roger Brown be made to the USMA or the Army War College Foundation.