Leo Browne

Portland, Oregon

1922 - 2017

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I remember Mr. Browne well from when he taught music at Multnomah School for a few years.

A great teacher and friend. He gave me years of lessons. I still play, and have a lifetime love of music, and appreciation for a well taught student.

All the little things are important, in percussion, and in life.

Like with most students over the years Leo's influence was substantial and valued. I will always appreciate his willingness to share his knowledge and skill.

To all Leo's and Ruby's families,
My deep condolences for his passing and your loss of such a wonderful man. So many of us feel that loss as well. Leo was truly one of the most important people in my life, both when I studied with him the the early '70s, and for the following 40 years. It was he who meticulously (and inexplicably patiently) gave me percussion technique and imprinted on me what it was to be an authentic musician. Over the years I've found Leo's insights and advice to...

I am so sorry for your loss. Leo was my drum teacher through most of my being in high school in the early and mid-'70s. A quiet and humble giant in the Portland Percussion scene, he was a talented and patient teacher. There's no telling how many careers he launched and how much he meant to so very, very many.

He will be sorely missed.

Thank you Ruby for bringing Leo into our family. I've never met anyone more appreciative of the littlest effort of kindness toward him. He taught us all to be grateful.

I am Ruby Fandrich's granddaughter. Leo meant the world to our family. He will be missed.

Dear Family, I am so sorry for your great loss of your cousin, Leo Browne. I met him over the years, while playing the organ at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Happy Valley. He was such a great encouragement to me! Usually, I would see him on Easter or Christmas. One of our members had taken drum lessons from him years before, and his second cousin is a member there. The last time I saw him was maybe 4 or 5 years ago. I retired in March 2015 from BSLC. He had told me that he had...


Leo's Obituary

Browne, Leo 95 Feb. 02, 1922 Mar. 03, 2017 Leo Browne passed away peacefully at his Happy Valley residence at the age of 95. Born in Sioux City, Iowa to Lester Browne and Laura Jacobson, he spent most of his life in the Portland area, occupying the family home on River Road in the Jennings Lodge...

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