ARLINGTON -- Richard Marion Browning, 73, passed away at home Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Monday at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church in Arlington following private interment in Emerald Hills Memorial Park in Kennedale. Visitation: The family will receive visitors 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington. Memorials: Memorials are suggested to the St. Barnabas scholarship fund or the River Legacy Foundation. Richard was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Houston to Ralph and Betty Browning. He graduated from Lamar High School in Houston in 1959 and received his bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from Southwestern University in Georgetown in 1963. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1970. Richard worked for the Trinity River Authority in Arlington from 1972 until his retirement in 2011. He served on the board of directors of the River Legacy Foundation for many years and as past president of the Friends of the UTA Library. Richard was a longtime active member of St. Barnabas United Methodist Church. He loved classical music and opera and was deeply interested in military history and cartography. Survivors: His wife, Jeanie; son, Adam of Arlington; daughter, Brigette Vinton, husband, Kelly, grandson, Jake, and granddaughter, Whitney, all of Dallas; sister, Rita Mayfield and husband, James, of Austin; and brother, Baron Browning and wife, Carol, of Fond du Lac, Wis. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233 View and sign guestbook at www.star-telegram.com/obituaries

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  1. When I grow up, I want to be like Richard. For those who knew him, no words are necessary to describe the qualities of this great man; for those who did not, no words are adequate. He was a true gentleman; noble and kind but passionate and fiercely intelligent with a sense of integrity that is all too rare.

    He was a friend, a mentor and an inspiration. He enriched the lives of all those he touched and he will be missed.

  2. Brigette,
    My deepest sympathies are with you and your family and I hope you all take comfort in the wonderful memories of your dad.
    Warmest regards,

  3. Jeanie, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close and give you Peace beyond understanding . You are special and our hearts hurt with you. Love, Barbara Tillman

  4. I have had many feelings and fond memories of Uncle Richard this past week. He was always so kind to me and I always liked his laugh, his patience.
    My thoughts have been and are with you Aunt Jeannie, Adam, The Vinton Family, The Ledbetter Family and the rest of the Browning Family.

    Love, Janine

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