Thomas A. Brown, business owner

April 25, 2013

Thomas A. Brown, 67, who owned a lawn and landscape company in Fairfax County from the late 1980s until 2001, died April 6 at his home in Oakton.

The cause was multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma, said a daughter, Sarah Love.

Mr. Brown spent about 15 years as owner of SRT Services, a landscape company whose name derived from the initials of his daughters’ first names. He ended the business after receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2001.

Earlier in his career, he was a salesman with Jim McKay Chevrolet and American Service Center, a car dealership.

Thomas Arthur Brown was born in Dayton, Ohio, and attended the now-defunct Parsons College in Iowa. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and settled in the Washington area in 1971.

According to his family, Mr. Brown knew CPR and received the American Red Cross’s highest honor in 1986 for saving the life of a man having a heart attack at the American Service Center showroom.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Carla Rucci Brown of Oakton; two daughters, Sarah Love of Wilmington, N.C., and Rachael Brown of Austin; and two sisters.

— Adam Bernstein

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