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Leonard​ Brown, 96, Entrepreneur Who Capitalized on Rubbing Alcohol

August 12, 2010
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Leonard (Lee) Brown, 96, retired owner of the Mifflin Company, died July 21. He was a resident of Jupiter, Fla., and formerly of Philadelphia.

Brown created the Ric Cosmetic Products Company and the Brown Drug and Chemical Company in 1942, after a short time in the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1943, he merged his company with the Mifflin Chemical Company (originators of rubbing alcohol) with the brand name of "Mifflin," and became the president.

He also founded the Crescent Drug Products Co. (one of the first to produce private label products) for many major drug and supermarket chains in the country. In 1959, he became one of the founders and a partner in the Eagle Truck and Trailer company, a manufacturing and distributing company.

All of these companies were sold on or about 1973. Subsequently, Brown repurchased the Mifflin Company, and then retired to Jupiter, Fla., in 1986.

Brown was also the founder, president and board chairman of the National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers. In addition, he was on the board of Kensington Hospital, and was involved with several charities.

Brown is survived by daughter Barbara Tucker; son Samuel Brown; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Jeannette Berg Publicker, to whom he was married for 41 years, and his second wife, the former Audrey Berkowitz.

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