Dr. Thomas Reed Browne, III (Tom) of Falmouth and formerly of Waban, MA, died peacefully in Boston on December 23, 2018 at the age of 75 after a prolonged battle with complications following surgery.
Tom was born on August 10, 1943 in Lakewood, New Jersey to the late Col. Thomas Reed Browne (USAF) and the late Esther King Browne of Woods Hole. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1965, working at the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole during the summers, and graduated with distinction in research from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1969. In 1969 he also married Lynne, a nursing student he met at Rochester.
Tom completed his residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as an EEG-Seizure fellowship at Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He went on to become a neurologist and chief of the EEG/Seizure Unit, and later Chief of Neurology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (Jamaica Plain). He also served as a neurologist and Professor of Neurology at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. In addition to treating countless patients for epilepsy and seizure disorders and teaching medical students and house staff, Tom conducted research in his neuropharmacology laboratory, co-authored over 200 articles, over 100 book chapters, and 4 books, and served on numerous editorial and advisory boards.
Tom was an accomplished and avid sailor since childhood, competing throughout the east coast in Thistles and then later in Cape Cod Knockabouts. Family members, co-workers and even the mailman were enlisted to help prepare and sail the boats. He was an active member of the Woods Hole Yacht Club for many decades, serving as its Commodore from 1980-81, winning the Knockabout summer series in 1982, 1983, 1993, and 1996 on Prestissimo , and later retiring to a more civilized life of cruising aboard his Stone Horse, Bewitched . During his retirement, he volunteered at Falmouth Hospital, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Woods Hole Historical Museum.
He shared his other life-long passion, railroading and model trains, with numerous friends and visitors, who would come to enjoy the meticulously detailed and researched train layouts that he built over the years in an ever expanding footprint of his home. Beyond academic pursuits, his proudest publication was a feature story in the January 2019 issue of Classic Toy Trains magazine on his latest layout (video at https://bit.ly/2Aij8T0). Tom is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Lynne Van Beuren Browne; children, Hilary Hutchinson (Robert) of Hingham and David Browne (Ervina) of Richmond, Virginia; his sisters, Sheila Baumgardner, Brooke Schaab and Melinda Browne, all of Virginia; and his four grandchildren.
The family will hold a memorial service in Woods Hole this summer. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Neighborhood Falmouth, P.O. Box 435, Falmouth, MA 02541 or the charity of your choice.