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Kingsbury Browne Dies Architect of the Land Trust Alliance

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Kingsbury Browne, an attorney and influential conservationist who inspired the founding of the Land Trust Alliance, died Friday, Nov. 11 at age 82 from pneumonia. Browne is known among open space advocates as a visionary leader of the modern land trust movement in the United States. He was retired and living in Kennebunkport, Maine.

A native of Brookline, MA, Browne retired as a partner at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow in 1991. During a sabbatical from the firm in 1980, he visited a number of land trusts around the country while a Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School. He recognized the need for a national association serving land trusts and spearheaded the formation of the Land Trust Exchange in 1982. The Exchange subsequently became the Land Trust Alliance. The Alliance is dedicated to preserving open space and provides expert assistance and resources to more than 1,500 local and regional land trusts nationally.

Browne served for many years as general counsel to the Alliance. He was editor and chairman of the organization's Conservation Tax Program. He was also a member of the Advisory Council of The Trust for Public Land, a national, non-profit land conservation organization.

A specialist in tax law, Browne provided tax counseling to many national and regional environmental organizations and government agencies involved in open space preservation. Before joining Hill & Barlow, Browne was a tax partner at the firm of Peabody, Kaufman and Brewer and an associate at the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart.

A World War II veteran, Browne served in the Army Air Corps on Tinian in the Marianas Islands and Luzon where he commanded the 19th Aerial Photographic Laboratory Bombardment Group and received two Distinguished Unit Citations.

Browne was an avid outdoorsman and for some 27 summers he and his friend H. King Cummings of Skowhegan, Maine traveled by float plane to Baffin Island, Hudson Bay and Northern Labrador for archeological exploration and outdoor sport.

Additional Professional Achievements:

  • Taught law courses at Northeastern, Suffolk and Boston University Law Schools
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Tax Institute of New England

Additional Civic Achievements:

  • Former Chairman of the Brookline Council for Planning and Renewal
  • Aide to former Gov. Robert Bradford of Massachusetts

Additional Trusteeships:

  • Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Member, Board of Overseers Visiting Committee, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University (1977-1983)
  • Member of the Executive Committee, The Winsor School, Boston
  • Trustee, Garland Junior College
  • Member Children’s Zoo Committee of the Boston Zoological Society

Boards of Directors:

  • Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation of Maine
  • Miramichi Salmon Association of New Brunswick, Canada

Personal History:

  • Born Nov. 18, 1922 in Brookline Massachusetts
  • Son of Kingsbury Browne of Auburndale, Mass. and Sophie Reiter Acheson of Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Attended Milton Academy preparatory high school
  • Graduated cum laude from Harvard College in the wartime class of 1944
  • Received his L.L.B. degree Harvard Law School 1950

In addition to his wife Annette Upson, Mr. Browne is survived by three daughters; Annette of Fort Myers, Florida; Juliet T. of Portland, Maine; and Gabriella R. of North Andover, Massachusetts; and three sons, Kingsbury the Third of Golden Colorado; Mark A. of Mexico City; and Christopher U. of Fairfax, Virginia; a brother David of Plympton, Massachusetts; and six grand children.

Funeral Arrangements:

  • Funeral arrangements: Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, Maine 04043; phone: 207-985-2752
  • A funeral service is planned for 11 am Wednesday, Nov. 16 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Route 1, Kennebunk, Maine.
  • Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to your local Land Trust, or to the “Land Trust Alliance” (Donate to Land Trust Alliance).
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