Kenneth A. Brown
D.C. Police Officer
Kenneth A. Brown, 59, a retired D.C. police officer and Secret Service telecommunications specialist, died of lung cancer July 18 at Loudoun Hospital Center in Leesburg. He lived in Springfield.
After a 25-year career with the Metropolitan Police Department, Mr. Brown joined the U.S. Secret Service and was working at the World Trade Center's Building 7 on Sept. 11, 2001. He was uninjured, but he was so moved by what he saw that day that he attended Mass often at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in the District, until his illness made it impossible for him to do so.
Mr. Brown was born in Lynn, Mass. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a Vietnam War veteran. He joined the D.C. police department in 1968 and received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from American University in 1975. He retired in 1993.
He joined the Secret Service in 1994 and retired again in 2004.
Mr. Brown's marriage to Joanne Sanftner ended in divorce in 1982.
Survivors include a daughter, Erin Locke of Woodbridge; a granddaughter; two brothers; and three sisters.
Ronald H. 'Rod' Kent Sr.
Ronald Harold "Rod" Kent Sr., 71, a retired Navy captain who worked in advertising departments of Goodwill Industries, National Geographic and other area businesses, died July 26 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He died of complications from a stroke suffered last year.
Capt. Kent served in the Navy from the late 1950s until 1981. His final active-duty assignment was at the Pentagon as director of advertising operations, where his work included marketing, public relations and promotional activities.
He did civilian advertising work until the early 1990s.
Capt. Kent was a native of New Britain, Conn., and a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford. He settled in the Washington area in 1965 and at his death was an Oakton resident.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Marion Jayne Jones Kent of Oakton; two children, Ronald Kent Jr. of Birmingham and Kimberlee Kent of Oakton; a brother; and four grandchildren.