Dr. William A. Browne

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OXFORD - On April 13, 2013, Dr. William A. Browne ended his l2-year battle with recurrent cancer.

Bill grew up in Greenville, Ohio, where he had been born Dec. 14, 1935. He attended Miami University, where he met Cornelia Clark, the love of his life. In 1955 they began a 57-year Miami Merger. At Miami, Bill was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the national honor society for freshmen, and as a sophomore into Phi Beta Kappa.

Following graduation from Miami in 1957, Bill attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he was a member of Alpha Kappa Kappa medical fraternity. Having completed his medical degree, Bill returned to hometown Greenville to establish a family medical practice.

In 1966, during the Viet Nam era, he was drafted as a physician, and served as a captain in the U.S. Army while commanding officer of the dispensary at Tooele (Utah) Army Depot.

In 1968, Bill and his family returned to Greenville. He continued his practice there until 1985, when he became medical director of Miami's Student Health Service. During his time at Miami, he was instrumental in the design of the new student medical facility. Bill's skill as a physician was exemplary, and it was a loss to the profession when he retired.

Following retirement from the Student Health Service, Bill gave full time and attention to his home on Somerville Road and to his beloved summer residence on Manitoulin Island in Canada. He thoroughly immersed himself in the waters of the bay, the fishing, and the tranquility. It may have been a great-uncle's collection of rods that inspired Bill's passion for fishing, which was shared by Cornelia and his sons. A lover of animals, Bill had a soft heart for a stray dog or cat, and gave a warm home to many. Bill enjoyed reading, mornings with his coffee buddies to settle Oxford and world affairs, and late afternoon "carrot time" with Cornelia and their dogs.

Bill is survived by his wife, Cornelia; his sons Bill (Jerrie), Michael (Lisa), and Stewart (Michele); his grandchildren Will, Gretchen, Tanner, Taylor and Kelsy. He will be greatly missed by his many long-time friends.

A reception will be held Sunday from 11:30 to 2 at the Presbyterian Church in Oxford. The Ogle & Paul R. Young Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animal Friends Humane Society, 1800 Princeton Road, Hamilton, OH 45011 or to Canine Companions for Independence, No. Central Regional Center, 4989 State Route 37 E., Delaware, OH 43015-9682. Condolences may be sent online to


Published in The Daily Advocate on Apr. 17, 2013