DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

SECRETARIES

FORMER SECRETARIES


[photo, Torrey C. Brown, Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources] TORREY C. BROWN, M.D., (1937-2014)
Secretary of Natural Resources, 1983-94

Secretary of Natural Resources, 1983 to 1994. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1983-94; Governor's Subcabinet for Energy Management, 1991-94. Chair, Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 1983-94. Member, Regional Planning Council, 1983-89; Chesapeake Bay Commission, 1983-94; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 1983-94; State Soil Conservation Committee, 1983-94. Alternate member Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 1983-94. Member, Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission,, 1984-94. Board of Trustees, Chesapeake Bay Trust, 1985-94, 2006-14. Member, Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay, 1985-94; Governor's Construction Industry Employers' Advisory Council, 1988-94; Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, 1989-94; Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, 1989-94; Governor's Commission on Growth in the Chesapeake Region, 1989-94; Statewide Health Coordinating Council, 1989-94 (past chair).


Member, Maryland Greenways Commission, 1990-94; Governor's Pesticide Council, 1990-94; Maryland Civil War Heritage Commission, 1992-94; Transportation Enhancements Program Executive Committee, 1994.

Member of House of Delegates, 1971-83, representing Baltimore City, District 2 (1971-74), and District 39 (1975-83). Chair, Environmental Matters Committee, 1979-83 (member, 1971-83). Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 1979-83; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1979-83.

Member, Commission on High Blood Pressure, 1976-83. Chair, Statewide Health Coordinating Council, 1980-83.

Chair, Power Plant Research Advisory Committee, 1996-2014. Member, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program Board, 2010-14.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, February 28, 1937. Attended Chicago public schools; University of Chicago High School; Wheaton College, A.B.,1957; The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, M.D., 1961. Physician. Served with U.S Public Health Service, 1963-65. Associate Professor, School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University, 1974-83. Former Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University. Former Vice-President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Intralytix, Inc., 1998-2001 (chair, board of directors, 2001-14). Former director, XLHealth Corporation (past member, medical advisory board). President, Wildfowl Trust of North America, Inc. Chair, Oyster Recovery Partnership; Board of Trustees, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. Chair, Board of Directors, Family Health International (former chief executive officer). Member, Alpha Omega Alpha; The Johns Hopkins Medical Society; American Heart Association; Southern Salt, Water and Kidney Club; American Federation for Clinical Research; American Society of Nephrology; American Board of Internal Medicine. Fellow, American College of Physicians; New York Academy of Sciences. Contributor to many medical journals. Contributor, "The Effect of Altered Sodium Concentration in the Distal Nephron Segments on Renin Release", Journal of Clinical Investigation, 1970. Author, "Physicians Are Part of the Problem", Annals of Internal Medicine, Aug. 1972. Michael D. Hankin Award for Conservation, Baltimore Zoo in Maryland, 2007. Woodrow Wilson Award for distinguished public service, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, 2008. Married; two sons, five grandchildren. Died in Annapolis, Maryland, April 20, 2014.


In May 2007, the Northern Central Railroad Trail was renamed the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail. For twenty-one miles, it runs north from Cockeysville in Hunt Valley to Maryland's border with Pennsylvania.

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