Harold “Harry” Browne, BOCP, passed away on May 22 after a brief illness. He was 61 years old.
Browne, who lived in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, had been the director of prosthetic development for Trulife, Poulsbo, Washington, since 2011. Prior to joining Trulife, Browne was a practitioner for 26 years, working as a clinician and director of prosthetics for the Pittsburgh Hanger Clinic patient care facility for seven years, and with Chas A Blatchford & Sons, headquartered in Basingstoke, England, for more than 20 years.
He attended Paddington College, London, and began his prosthetics career in 1980 at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, London. He also presented external guest lectures for the P&O program at the University of Salford, Manchester, England, at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital, Shropshire, England, and was an instructor with the University of Pittsburgh Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program.
“Harry’s Trulife family is devastated by the sudden loss of a dear friend and colleague. For so many at Trulife he was a teacher, a resource, and a jovial travelling companion,” according to an announcement from the company. “Harry embraced the challenges and appreciated the satisfaction that comes with being a prosthetist-with a zeal few could match. He possessed so many of the traits that make a clinician effective: He was intelligent and thoughtful, creative and clever, diligent and determined. Harry was a teacher at heart, often taking young practitioners under his wing and mentoring them…. The world has lost a true gentleman and a terrific mate.”
Browne is survived by his wife, Judith, and three daughters, Hannah, Lucy, and Freya.