MARTIN, Tenn. – Brian Brown, 32, assistant director of Student Life for Campus Recreation at the University of Tennessee at Martin died about 7:30 tonight (July 18) at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Brown died of injuries he suffered after being struck by a small delivery truck while riding his bicycle on Highway 22 near the industrial park in Martin.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, Brown, an avid cyclist, was riding north on the highway during his lunch hour when he was struck from behind as the delivery truck passed him. The delivery truck was hauling formal wear for a Nashville company.
Brown served one year as a student intern in Campus Recreation before being named assistant director July 20, 1992, by Chancellor Emeritus Margaret Perry.
Brown-s Web page was under construction, but the last line he wrote was autobiographical, -Pray hard, play hard, work hard, and love your family.-
Brown was a member of Dr. Nick Dunagan-s student affairs staff. -Brian was an outstanding young man,- said Dr. Nick Dunagan, new vice chancellor for student affairs and executive vice chancellor. -All of our prayers are with Brian-s family, Laura and the children.-
Brown also served as chairman of the Weakley County chapter of the American Red Cross.
-Not only was Brian part of our board for at least the last five years, but so was his wife, Laura,- said Cindy Young, chapter president. -He was a vital part of our chapter. He is irreplaceable.-
Originally from Crossville, Brown and his wife, Laura, have two children, Georgia, 5, and Boone, 2.
A prayer service was held at Tuesday night at Martin Elementary School, where Laura Brown is a member of the faculty. Murphy Funeral Home in Martin will handle the funeral arrangements.