the United States often brought international students into the TU graduate program. TU now has a booming international student body, which can often be traced back to Kermit’s relationship building overseas.
His indelible love of teaching brought him back to TU in his early 80s, when he volunteered to teach an undergraduate course, without compensation, for four semesters. The students loved his teaching and would wait outside Keplinger Hall, where the petroleum engineering classes were held, and offer to carry his briefcase and books to the classroom. He could often be seen in his office mentoring students after class and gently guiding them through the concepts.
Kermit’s remarkable career also brought him a great deal of recognition. The Society of Petroleum Engineers presented him with several of its international awards, including Distinguished Lecturer, John Franklin Carll Award, and Legend of Production and Operations Award. He also received many outstanding teaching awards, including his induction into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. In 1987 he received the ultimate recognition for an engineer, membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
As the man who made TU a multimillion-dollar petroleum research resource and the teacher who inspired multiple generations of energy industry leaders, Kermit Brown has left TU a lasting legacy for which the university’s alumni, faculty, students, and consortia members are forever grateful.
His daughter, Sandra Kay Brown Paschal, wrote: “Besides teaching and travelling, our father was an avid skier.” He is survived by his wife, Katherine; his son Stephen Wesley Brown and his wife, Peggy Brown, of Skiatook, Oklahoma; his daughter Sandra Kay Brown Paschal and her husband, Wade, of Tulsa; his son Robert Michael and his wife, Lisa, of Austin, Texas; and his son David Earl Brown of Tulsa. Kermit had eight grandchildren: Stephen and Bryan Brown; Trey Paschal; Katherine Fulda and Nikola Paschal; and Jessica, Melissa, and Michelle Brown. He had four great-grandchildren.