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James Clayton Browne

Austin, Texas

Jan 16, 1935 – Jan 19, 2018 (Age 83)


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Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North - Austin Obituary

James Clayton Browne, "Jim Browne" to almost all who met him more than once, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, January 19th. He is preceded in death by his father Walter, sister Mary Alice and brother Walter Jr. Survivors include his wife Gayle, son Clayton Browne, son...

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I owe my academic career to JC's guidance as my professor, PhD advisor and friend. I was very fortunate to have mer JC and to have worked with him. He touched many lifes, and spread wisdom all over Taylor Hall, with his enrgetic yet always smiling personality. The academic world lost one of his finest.

John and I felt we were so honored to have known Jim if only for a very short time. He was a kind, soft spoken wonderful family man. His life contributed so much to us and he will be greatly missed. God must have needed another angel in Heaven so he took Jim Browne from us. Rest In Peace.

I only knew Jim for a short time. When I met Jim and Gayle and saw his love for his wife it touched my heart deeply. I knew it then, he was a fine gentleman, still full of life. He still had a spark in his eyes that made me admire him and enjoyed seeing him once a week. I'm sure he will be missed a lot, he was a kind soul. My condolences to the family.

Suna & Jonothon McGuire

Noel Barnard, former CEO at SES/HyPerformix, triggered a vivid, warm memory of some wise, vintage guidance from Dr. Browne, which I want to share:

Have fun, make a little money, make the world a better place.

Many friends and colleagues were fortunate enough to hear some variant of this in person and may remember, and appreciate hearing and reflecting on, it again.

He did it all, and motivated so many others do it as well.

Also, the...

We were shocked and saddened by Jim's passing. Diana and my deepest sympathy to Gayle, Clay, Duncan, Valerie and the grandchildren.

I met Jim Browne when we were both graduate students in physical chemistry at UT some six decades ago. He has been one of my closest friends over the years.

When we were students, we played as partners in several duplicate bridge tournaments on campus. I don't recall us ever winning but we came in second a few times and earned some master...

Jim was colleague and friend. His importance to computing at the University can not be overstated. His creative guidance shepherded the computing center through its beginning and its vital role in the life of the University. All this and a gentleman too, who could ask for more. Will greatly miss his smiling face and genuine interest in those he met. My condolences to the family.

=I have known Jim since he and Gayle dated. (Gayle and I were childhood friends through our mothers). Jim Browne loved life and life embraced this unique gentleman . A multi talented man with extreme intelligence, and loving heart .Always with a twinkle in his eyes. His positive attitude and since of humor spread in many directions having an effect on us all . He and Gail have been a blessing in my life, I will miss him throughout the rest of my mine. My thoughts are with you, Gayle,...

I am deeply grateful for Jim Browne and his influence on my life as well as on my children's lives. Jim Browne welcomed me and my (then) two small children to UT's Computer Sciences' Department and to Austin in November 1981. Shortly after our arrival from Caracas, Venezuela, we were enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at the Brownes home, then in Mt Barker Dr. J C became my mentor during my time at UT and later in my professional career. As my children grew he also became their mentor. ...

Prof. Browne was my dissertation advisor in the 1990s. I met him about a year after I moved to the US from India, and he was my rock providing me with the guidance, support, and stability I needed. His academic perspective was unique because of his diverse training. I have fond memories of his gentle wit and reflections on life. He touched many lives including mine. Rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family.