OBITUARY: by Max TeichmannNews Weekly
Vale Bob Browning (1932-2006)
, June 24, 2006
Vale Robert William "Bob" Browning
(September 25, 1932 - May 5, 2006)
apparatus will probably get itself organised to pay tribute to an old comrade of many of us - Robert William Henry "Bob" Browning - who many readers would have read and greatly enjoyed over the years, but who died quite suddenly and unexpectedly on May 5.
I'll anticipate the official encomium. Bob was the husband of Christine Browning who handled News Weekly
's review section for some time and did them proud, along with her own reviews. So I met Bob, too, then their three delightful daughters.
Bob raised so many issues which are now centre-stage: globalism, economic rationalism, privatisation - especially of medicine and welfare - hence, managed care. He wrote regularly and well, on all these matters, and lectured on them.
He also brought out a series of books - self-financed and all doing well - although our mass press and academic cesspools pretended he hadn't written, or spoken. But he was a constant encouragement to us all, and a model of intellectual integrity and public spiritedness.
Not greatly enjoying city life (who, nowadays, does?), he and Christine retired down the coast to enjoy their now extended family.
By all accounts he was appreciating the change; so I for one was shocked and saddened at his sudden and unexpected death at 73. He had many more years, and ideas, in him.
He was a monument in his various professions, and had done a lot
for News Weekly