Three-Time Iowa Sportswriter of the Year Bob Brown Dies
Condolences to the family of three-time NSSA Iowa Sportswriter of the Year Bob Brown, who died on January 6. Brown, who won the Award in 1964, 1973 and 1975, wrote for the Ft. Dodge Messenger. His son, Rick Brown is the 2011 Iowa Sportswriter of the Year, and passed along this note to NSSA:
“My dad always used to say, ‘Do something important with your life. Be a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher.’ I never listened. I followed his footsteps as a sportswriter. Deep down, I think he was proud of that. He was named Sportswriter of the Year in Iowa three times. I used to sit and look at that plaque in his office at home, and think how cool it would be to do the same. When it happened, calling him to tell him was one of the most enjoyable moments of my adult life.
Less than a minute after filing my story on the Iowa-Michigan State men’s basketball game in East Lansing, Mich., on Jan. 6, my brother called to tell me my father had passed away. Another deadline met.”
The elder Brown was 83 years old. He was a Drake University graduate and a chatter member of the University of Iowa Media Wall of Fame.