Batavia, New York — Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees recognized the extraordinary service and contributions of the late Lynn E. Browne by dedicating the College’s Library Instruction Classroom in his honor. Mr. Browne served as a member of the Genesee Community College Foundation Board of Directors from 1997 to 2010, including nine years of service as treasurer. He was deeply involved in the fund raising initiatives that led to the expansion of the College’s scholarship programs, and the construction of the Conable Technology Building and the Humphrey Student Union. He was a member of the committee that facilitated the Foundation’s acquisition of the former College Meadows, renamed College Village.
A native of Batavia, Mr. Browne was a graduate of the Wharton School of Business. After serving as a U.S. Army officer during World War II, he married Phyllis Shiekman of Philadelphia, and relocated there. For many years, he owned and operated one of the nation’s leading button distribution businesses. After the death of his wife in the 1980s, Mr. Browne returned to his hometown and immersed himself in community activities.
He was the first recipient of the Alpha Medal of Honor (2006), bestowed on area citizens during commencement ceremonies in recognition of outstanding philanthropic and volunteer support of Genesee Community College. Mr. Browne’s family returned his Alpha Medal to the College after his death, and it will be displayed in or near the Library classroom.
Mr. Browne contributed funds to assist in the renovation of the College’s Alfred C. O’Connell Library during 1999-2000, and asked that the plaque recognizing his contribution be displayed outside the Library Instruction Classroom. The classroom is often used by students learning how to use library resources and conduct research, and it had a special meaning to Mr. Browne, according to Foundation Executive Director Richard Ensman.
Board Chair Charles R. Ruffino called Mr. Browne an extraordinary citizen who “poured his heart and soul into Genesee Community College.”
The College Foundation will host a public dedication event honoring Mr. Browne and the naming of the Library Classroom in the near future, Mr. Ensman said.
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