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Salinity Lab Renaming Ceremony
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January 21, 2000
P.L. 106-78, Sec. 766. The Federal facility located in Riverside, California, and known as the "U.S. Salinity Laboratory", shall be known and designated as the "George E. Brown, Jr., Salinity Laboratory":
Provided, That any reference in any law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to such Federal facility shall be deemed to be a reference to the "George E. Brown, Jr., Salinity Laboratory."

Congressman George E. Brown, Jr.
(March 6, 1920 - July 15, 1999)

"From my earliest days, I was fascinated by science. I was fascinated by a utopian vision of what the world could be like. I've thought that science could be the basis for a better world, and that's what I've been trying to do all these years." (quote from NY Times interview)
  • Born in Holtville, CA, March 6, 1920
  • Graduated from University of California at Los Angeles with B.A. in Industrial Physics
  • Employed by City of Los Angeles for 12 years in personnel, engineering, and management positions
  • Management consultant
  • Second lieutenant, infantry, World War II
  • Mayor and city councilman, Monterey Park, 1954-58
  • State Assemblyman, 1958-62
  • Married Marta Marcias Brown, 1988; two children, David and Dale
  • Democrat, of San Bernardino, CA
  • Elected to the 88th Congress, November 6, 1962
  • Reelected to the 89th, 90th, and 91st Congresses; unsuccessfully sought election to U.S. Senate in 1970
  • Member, Agriculture Committee
  • Ranking minority, Committee on Science
  • Member, Technology Assessment Board
  • Elected to the 93rd Congress, November 7, 1972
  • Reelected to each succeeding Congress
Tribute to the Late Honorable George Brown, House of Representatives, November 9, 1999 (PDF file)
Tribute by Gary Chapman in his Digital Nation Newspaper Column
Presentation to Mrs. George E. Brown, Jr.
Presentation to Mrs. George E. Brown, Jr.
Mrs. George E. Brown, Jr. and Family
Mrs. George E. Brown, Jr. and Family

Laboratory Director M. Shannon
Laboratory Director
Michael Shannon
UC Riverside Chancellor Orbach
University of CA, Riverside
Chancellor Orbach
Area Director A. Betschart
Area Director
Antoinette Betschart
ARS Administrator F. Horn
ARS Administrator
Floyd Horn
Ceremony guests
Ceremony guests
Ceremony guests
Ceremony guests
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture R. Rominger
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Richard Rominger
U.S. Representative J. Lewis
U.S. Rep., 40th District
Jerry Lewis
U.S. Representative K. Calvert
U.S. Rep., 43rd District
Ken Calvert
Presentation of Laboratory sign
Presentation of Laboratory sign
George E. Brown, Jr. Salinity Laboratory Sign
George E. Brown, Jr. Salinity Laboratory sign
The Brown family and guest speakers
The Brown family and guest speakers
Photos by Mark Cliath

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