Sunday, May 31, 2009
Martin E. Brown, 94, a founding partner of the Arlington County accounting firm Brown, Dakes and Hoke, died May 20 at Heritage Hall
Nursing Home in Leesburg. The cause of death was failure to thrive.
Mr. Brown was an accountant for area firms and also worked on his own before starting Brown, Dakes and Hoke in 1961. He retired in the
He later did volunteer work for the Arlington police and commonwealth's attorney's office to combat white collar crime.
The Washington Post reported in 1982 that his work has included auditing victims' and suspects' income and net-worth statements in large
embezzlement cases, preparing charts for use in bank fraud cases and training members of the White Collar Crime Unit in supply
His work earned him an award from the Arlington County Bar Association.
Martin Elmer Brown was a native Washingtonian, a 1932 graduate of McKinley Technical High School and a 1936 graduate of Benjamin
Franklin University, where he became a night school accounting instructor.
He was a charter member of Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, which was his city of residence, and spent many years as a
rules official on the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour. He was a former vice governor of the Optimist Club of Virginia and a longtime member
of the Optimist Club of Arlington.
His first wife, Bessie Van Patten Brown, whom he married in 1938, died in 2000. Their son, Gary, died in 1949 as a child.
Survivors include his wife, M. Jane Elliott Brown of Arlington, whom he married in 2000; a daughter from his first marriage, Florence
Dougherty of Great Falls; two stepchildren, Debbie Elliott of Arlington and David Elliott of Falls Church; two grandchildren; and a
-- Adam Bernstein