DAVID H. BROWN has been a speaker, presenter/coach/speech writer for half a century. He has created and conducted seminars, workshops, and formal classes. Five of his talks have been published in Vital Speeches of the Day. And, he has been cited as a reference source in several books.
This unique book is based in part on his seven years of teaching at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, where he became an adjunct professor. It also is based on the various kinds of speeches and presentations he has made over the years.
Brown was an Ohio newspaper reporter for nearly 15 years before beginning a 24-year career as a federal government public information officer. He was a government spokesman on several occasions, most especially as the press officer for the Federal Aviation Administration’s anti-skyjacking task force during 1969-70. He founded and was first president of the National Association of Government Communications. He also served on the Mass Communications Committee of the Agriculture Department’s Graduate School, where he originated and taught media relations courses.
He has been a columnist for suburban papers both in Maryland and Florida.
A combat infantry rifleman during World War II, he later joined the Army Reserves as a second lieutenant, retiring 28 years later as a lieutenant colonel. He served the final 12 years in the Office of the Chief of Information in the Pentagon.
In University Heights, OH, a suburb of his native Cleveland, he served on its Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission before being elected a city councilman. In Rockville, MD, he became rotating chairman of the city’s Board of Appeals.
Brown served on the Montgomery College Foundation’s board of directors, where he headed its scholarship committee. He also graduated from the college’s Leadership Institute. Spending half of the year in Florida with his wife, he served on the Advisory Board of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
In retirement, he has written two books on airport security/terrorism; a murder mystery and a novel, both based on stories he covered half a century ago; and, an unpublished autobiography. More books are in the offing.
His bachelor’s degree is in journalism, with a minor in speech. His master’s degree is in public relations, with a minor in government public information. He and his wife have between them six children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.