Dr. William L. Brown, age 88, of Gainesville, Florida passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 with his loving wife Agnes at his side. William was born in York County, SC on November 23, 1928 to Lavinia Jackson and Samuel Brown. Dr. Brown earned his B.S. at Clemson University in 1949 in animal science and his M.S. at North Carolina State in animal genetics in 1952. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in food microbiology in 1956. He served a total of twelve years in The Army Reserves and was Honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Dr. Brown was employed by John Morrell as Assistant Director of Research from 1957- 1961 and was promoted to Vice President of Research for the company from 1964 -1967. Dr. Brown relocated to Gainesville, Florida to start ABC Research, an independent food-testing laboratory, which he sold and is still operating under another name today. Dr. Brown was published in more than 80 scientific publications throughout his eminent career. Dr. Brown served on many national and local advisory committees and boards for the following organizations: USDA, Committee on Microbiology Criteria for Food, Meat and Poultry Inspection; National Academy of Sciences; National Research Council; Atomic Energy Commission; Institute of Biological Sciences; Barnett Bank; US Poultry and Egg Association; Salvation Army of Gainesville; and First Baptist Church of Gainesville. His daughters Teena Brown Huffman and Karen Brown Little, preceded him in death. His wife, Agnes F. Brown, survives him, as do his siblings Margret Sue Brown and David Brown, his son Richard Brown, and his grandchildren: Kristofer Huffman, Christina Little, Megan Little, Lewis Little, William Brown, Lyndal Brown, and four great grandchildren. A viewing will be held from 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Friday, December 2 at Milam Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at First Baptist Church 14105 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL. at 10:00am Saturday, December 3. Internment will follow in Forest Meadows Central Cemetery 4100 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL.