Robert Clark Browning, 91, a naval architect with the Coast Guard and private
businesses, died of pneumonia Dec. 22, 2009 at Prince George's Hospital Center. He
lived in Mitchellville.
Mr. Browning worked for the Coast Guard from 1941 as a marine engineer and naval
architect, helping to design icebreakers, buoy tenders, cruising cutters and small boats.
He left the government in 1960 to work for Cummins Engine and Ingalls Shipbuilding,
then returned to the Coast Guard in 1977, retiring five years later.
Mr. Browning, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Western High School (1935)
and the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in New York.
He was chairman of the Chesapeake section of the Society of Naval Architects and
Marine Engineers and chairman of the flagship section of the American Society of Naval
He enjoyed sailing and was a member of the Falls Church Episcopal Church, St. Martin's
in-the-Field Episcopal Church in Severna Park and St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church in
He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the LondonTown Publik House in Edgewater.
He also served for three years on the board of the residents' association at the Collington
Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchellville, where he had lived since 1992.
His wife of 65 years, Carolyn Gillespy Browning, died last year.
Survivors include three children, Barbara Browning Harp of Cambridge, Md., Elizabeth
Browning Mason of Bellingham, Wash., and Charles Millard Browning of Dunn Loring; a
sister, Page Browning Hawk of Washington; six grandchildren; and five