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Richard Cullen Browne

Silver Spring, Maryland

June 6, 2024

Richard Cullen Browne Obituary

Richard Cullen Browne (Age 85) died on Thursday June 6, 2024.


Dick Browne graduated from The College of the Holy Cross with a B.S. degree in Economics. He was a Distinguished Graduate in the Air Force ROTC. Following graduation from Catholic University School of Law with a J.D. degree in 1963, he served three years active duty as an Air Force JAG Officer and six more years as a Reservist in the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon. He practiced law in Washington and headed the Intellectual Property practice at Winston & Strawn until he retired in 2001. During the 1970’s, he served as the first Chief Trial Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a Hearing Division Director and Environmental Advisor at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


He and his beloved wife Pat (Winkler) were married in 1962 and have five children: Richard, Jr.; Catherine (Giles Harrison); Paulette; Maureen (Michael Byars); and Colleen Waters (William).


Dick served as President of the Gonzaga Father’s Club [1980-‘81] and as a Director of the Gonzaga Alumni Association. He was President of the Holy Cross General Alumni Association [2002-‘03] and was awarded the College’s “In Hoc Signo” Award in 2004. He served on the Executive Committee of the Catholic University Alumni Association and the Board of Visitors at Catholic University Law School, and chaired the Catholic University Annual Fund from 1995 to 2001. At the Cosmos Club in Washington DC, he served on committees and in elected positions, and most recently served as Advisor to the Cosmos Club Historic Preservation Foundation.


Dick was a Knight of Malta and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Elizabeth Parish in Rockville, where he was founding Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council and Co-Chair for the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal. He was a founding Director and served as Director of Programs in the Archdiocese of Washington for the Vatican Foundation, “Centesimos Annus Pro Pontifices,” established by Pope John Paul II to evangelize Catholic Social Teaching among leaders in the Professions, Business, and Academia. Dick served as a Member of the First Synod of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Synod Implementation Committee and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.


In addition to his wife and children, Dick is survived by his grandchildren Madelaine Harrison (Yuval Millet), Bridget Harrison, Eleanor Harrison, Charlotte Harrison, Patrick Byars, and William Waters; as well as his siblings James, Barbara Elliott, and David. He is predeceased by his sister Martha Louise Schwartz.


Relatives and friends may call at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland, on June 13th at 1:00 PM, Mass of Christian Burial will follow celebrated at 2 PM. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


Memorial contributions may be made to Gonzaga College High School, 19 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 or at www.GONZAGA.org.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Cullen Browne hosted by CFH Online.

Richard Cullen Browne (Age 85) died on Thursday June 6, 2024.


Dick Browne graduated from The College of the Holy Cross with a B.S. degree in Economics. He was a Distinguished Graduate in the Air Force ROTC. Following graduation from Catholic University School of Law with a J.D. degree in 1963, he served three years active duty as an Air Force JAG Officer and six more years as a Reservist in the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon. He practiced law in Washington and headed the Intellectual Property practice at Winston & Strawn until he retired in 2001. During the 1970’s, he served as the first Chief Trial Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a Hearing Division Director and Environmental Advisor at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


He and his beloved wife Pat (Winkler) were married in 1962 and have five children: Richard, Jr.; Catherine (Giles Harrison); Paulette; Maureen (Michael Byars); and Colleen Waters (William).


Dick served as President of the Gonzaga Father’s Club [1980-‘81] and as a Director of the Gonzaga Alumni Association. He was President of the Holy Cross General Alumni Association [2002-‘03] and was awarded the College’s “In Hoc Signo” Award in 2004. He served on the Executive Committee of the Catholic University Alumni Association and the Board of Visitors at Catholic University Law School, and chaired the Catholic University Annual Fund from 1995 to 2001. At the Cosmos Club in Washington DC, he served on committees and in elected positions, and most recently served as Advisor to the Cosmos Club Historic Preservation Foundation.


Dick was a Knight of Malta and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Elizabeth Parish in Rockville, where he was founding Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council and Co-Chair for the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal. He was a founding Director and served as Director of Programs in the Archdiocese of Washington for the Vatican Foundation, “Centesimos Annus Pro Pontifices,” established by Pope John Paul II to evangelize Catholic Social Teaching among leaders in the Professions, Business, and Academia. Dick served as a Member of the First Synod of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Synod Implementation Committee and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.


In addition to his wife and children, Dick is survived by his grandchildren Madelaine Harrison (Yuval Millet), Bridget Harrison, Eleanor Harrison, Charlotte Harrison, Patrick Byars, and William Waters; as well as his siblings James, Barbara Elliott, and David. He is predeceased by his sister Martha Louise Schwartz.


Relatives and friends may call at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland, on June 13th at 1:00 PM, Mass of Christian Burial will follow celebrated at 2 PM. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


Memorial contributions may be made to Gonzaga College High School, 19 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 or at www.GONZAGA.org.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Cullen Browne hosted by CFH Online.

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