Roland Peter Brown (薄柔纜), an American doctor who founded Hualien’s Mennonite Christian Hospital when he was 27 years old, died from illness on Aug. 17, at the age of 93.
It has been 66 years since Brown established the hospital in Hualien, where he has devoted his life to service. Today (Aug. 19), the wake was held in the hospital in memory of Brown.
Brown was born in 1926. After he graduated from the Chicago University Medical School in 1952, he came to Taiwan, joining a Mennonite church medical team to serve in remote Taiwan, especially in Hualien’s rural villages. Medical services were in shortage in Hualien back then, and many elders had been treated by Dr. Brown.
Serving in Hualien for more than 40 years, Brown once said: “doctors in Taiwan often feel America is closer than Hualien.” The quote touched many people’s hearts, and even prompted the well-known doctor of neurosurgery, Huang Shen-hsiung, returning to Taiwan and serving in Hualien.
Mennonite Christian Hospital’s public affairs department pointed out that Taiwan is not where Brown was born, but it is what he has cared for and dedicated his whole life to, adding that the crew all felt thankful for his service.