Company founder L.S. “Pat” Brown passed away today. He was 87.
Brown and Richard Gay founded BGE, then known as Brown & Gay Engineers in 1975, with just 16 employees. Today, the firm has 17 offices across the southeast and more than 700 employees.
Brown earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and his master’s of business administration from the University of Houston. He was a licensed professional engineer and a professional land surveyor.
In addition to his many years as an engineer at the Texas Department of Transportation, Brown also served in the United States Army. He retired from BGE as President and CEO in 2003.
He was a member of several professional organizations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), ACEC Texas and American Society of Civil Engineers, where he earned the distinction of Fellow. Among his civic commitments, he was a member of the Houston City Planning and Zoning Commission, where he served as vice-chairman from 1991–1993.
He is survived by his wife Wanda Brown, and his son Steve Brown.