Robert Browne died at his home on Staten Island, on August 14, 2018, at the age of 92. Browne worked in the Business Office of Wagner College for 21 years, starting in June 1965. He served as Wagner’s business manager and controller from September 1981 until he retired in May 1986.
Co-workers remember “Bob” for the hard work he dedicated to Wagner — and for his tall stature. For bookstore employee Pat Coffey, who has worked at Wagner for over 30 years, Browne was unforgettable. “He was such a nice, kind, and intelligent man. He worked very hard for the College,” Coffey said. “Bob always had a hello to give, with a big smile on his face. Plus, he was a very conscientious worker. He loved his job, and this school. He was very dedicated to Wagner.”
Before coming to work at Wagner, Browne served his country during World War II as a Navy cryptographer at Pearl Harbor. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, serving as treasurer, choir member, Sunday school teacher, and member of the church council and school board.