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Philanthropy of Chester Browne '54 Noted in Newspaper

November 17, 2005

east college wide.jpgNovember 17, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "Chester Browne, a philanthropist who spent more than 30 years in Indianapolis and now is a part-time Florida resident, gives in several directions: DePauw University, his alma mater; a foundation in his southeastern Indiana hometown of Bethlehem; and mission projects in the Congo developed by his Florida church," notes today's Indianapolis Star. Browne, a 1954 graduate of DePauw, participated in a discussion at the Spirit & Place Festival in Indianapolis yesterday. The program was titled, "How Leaving and Staying Affects Our Philanthropy."

The Star's Robert King writes, "Browne said giving is a way to take a stab at immortality, and he subscribes to the biblical concept that 'where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.'" Browne was joined on the panel by David H. Smith, Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw.

Chester Browne, who graduated from DePauw with a degree in economics, started with New York Life while in college, spent two years in the Army after graduationand returned to work full time in 1956, retiring in 1982. He then joined American United Life as General Agent of what became their largest agency and retired from the company in 2002 as a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals.

Access the complete story at the newspaper's Web site.

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