Robert Lee Browne

Robert Lee Browne

Robert Lee Browne, son of Dr. Albert Roe Browne and Emma Sargenia Reitzell, was born November 2, 1899 in Lake End, LA.  He married Sarah Winona Gueno and they were the parents of one daughter, Anne (Mrs. Robert Wallace).

Browne attended public school and college at the Louisiana State Normal College where he received his teaching diploma in 1917.  He then went to Lake Charles as a teacher for one year.  From 1919 to 1924, he was a coach at DeRidder High School.

In 1924, Browne came to the University of Southwestern Louisiana where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1925.  He remained at the University until 1950 during which time he was Assistant Professor, Track Coach, Dean of Men, Athletic Director, Professor and Head of the Department of Health and Physical Education.  While at the University, Browne attended Louisiana State University and received his Master of Arts degree in 1934.  He also did advanced studies at the University of Iowa and at Columbia University.

Brown went to McNeese State College in Lake Charles as Dean od Admissions and of the Division of Education.  In 1957, he was appointed Superintendent of Education of Lafayette Parish Schools.

Browne was active in many organizations thoughout his career, holding office in several college and athletic associations.  He was the founder of the Southwestern Relay Carnival and was at one time listed in Who's Who in American Universities.  He was awarded a life membership by the National Council of Teachers and Parents for his many years of service and leadership in the field of education.  He was also awarded a plaque by the Louisiana Athletic Association for distinguished service to high school athletics.

He was presented the Silver Beaver by the Boy Scouts of America for his more than fifty years of service and leadership in the organization.  He was a member of the American Legion and held offices on the local, state and national level.  He was a member of the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.  He served on committees and participated in drives in several civic and charitable organizations, and was President of the United States Givers Fund in 1963-1964.

Browne died April 9, 1972 in Lafayette.

Rose Evans was President of the School Board at the time of Browne's appointment as Superintendent.  In 1960, Ben Freeman was elected President and in 1961, Walter Trahan succeeded Freeman as President.