Dr. Gary Micheal Browning

May 8, 1958 - September 9, 2009

05/08/1958 - 09/09/2009

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Saturday October 03, 2009
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Town Point Club
Norfolk, VA

Norfolk –

Dr. Gary Micheal Browning, age 51, peacefully passed away in Norfolk, Virginia on September 9, 2009.

Dr. Browning, a local OB/GYN with Tidewater Physicians for Women, was born in Cynthiana, Kentucky. He was a 1976 graduate of Bullitt Central High School in Shepherdsville, KY. Dr. Browning graduated with a B.S. from Morehead State University, in Morehead, KY in 1980 and followed that with his medical degree in 1984 from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, in Lexington, KY. In 1988, he completed his internship and obstetrics and gynecology residency in Norfolk, VA at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He began his full-time medical career that same year with Tidewater Physicians for Women in the Norfolk region and he served his beloved patients there until his illness forced his recent retirement from the practice.

Dr. Browning was a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the North American Menopause Society, the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine, the Virginia Medical Association and the Virginia OB-GYN Medical Society. He was appointed as a Clinical Instructor at the Eastern Virginia College of Medicine.

He is survived by his partner, “pep” Jose Manuel Dominguez Lopez, of Barcelona, Spain; his father, Larry Cason Browning, of Cynthiana, KY; his mother, Glenda Sue Hehr Browning, of Chesapeake, VA; his paternal grandmother, Edith Wells Browning, of Cynthiana, KY; his sister, Debra B. Lybrand and her husband, Charles W. Lybrand, both of Chesapeake, VA; his nephew, Douglas Cason Street, of Chesapeake, VA; his great-niece, Rebekah Nicole Street, of Lexington, SC; and his great-nephew, Chance Cason Street, also of Lexington, SC. He is also survived by his faithful and dedicated companion of 17 years, his Siamese cat, Tico.

Dr. Browning loved to travel and visited multiple continents and countries throughout his adventurous trips each year. At the time of his death, he had visited every continent except Antarctica. His most recent travels included time in Australia, an extended visit to Spain and a sojourn to Hawaii. He had planned to live abroad after retirement. His passport was a testament of his love of travel with its various and colorful visas and international stamps. Dr. Browning collected many artifacts on his travels and shared unique and thoughtful gifts with his family and friends upon each return. From riding camels, zip-lining, and whitewater rafting to hot air ballooning, Dr. Browning always looked forward to his journeys and returned with wonderful and entertaining stories about his travels.

A celebration of Dr. Browning’s life will be held in Norfolk, VA at The Town Point Club on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 2:00PM – 4:00PM. The family would like to invite his extended family of friends, patients, colleagues, medical support personnel and neighbors to join them in a loving tribute and review of his life. For additional details, the family requests that you respond to garybrowning.celebration@thetpsgroup.com with your contact information for further updates.

Dr. Browning’s family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the many patients and medical personnel who have called and sent him cards and notes during his illness. The kind and loving words shared with Dr. Browning were a wonderful acknowledgement of his impact through his practice and his guidance and they were a source of comfort to him.

In memory of Dr. Browning, donations may be made to the St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, 6171 Kempsville Road, Norfolk, VA 23502-3930. Condolences may be sent to the family at altmeyer.com

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C. L. Etheridge, MD
7 years ago

All of us at Atlantic Anesthesia, MDs and CRNAs, would like to express our condolences to Gary’s partner and extended family. May the many good memories help in this time of sorrow.

Marion Thompson
7 years ago

As a employee of Tidewater Physician’s for Women for many years I enjoyed knowing and working with Dr. Browning. Our hearts were broken when we heard of his illness. It just did not seem possible it could be true. It still does not seem real. There will only be one Dr. Browning and we have been blessed to know him and love him. I would like to thank the family for letting us say good bye to Dr. Browning. We will all miss him so very much.

Stephanie King
7 years ago


I met Gary 22 years ago when he was a resident at Norfolk General. He was truly one of the brightest physicians I ever called on! He bedside manner was the best! I never had a conversation with Dr. Browning that did not include you. He always talked about you! He simply adored you! What a gift to have had him in all of our lives!

Anne T Rogers
7 years ago

Dr Browning was a true gentleman and wonderful clinical colleague. I am glad to have known him and worked with him.

Pam Story RN
7 years ago

Dr Browning was a womderful surgeon and person he will be greatly missed by everyone. May God bless his family, friends and everyone who knew him and loved him. Love, Pam

Donna Gelico
7 years ago

Dr. Browning has not been in my life as long as he has been in the lives of many…but he made a tremendous impact on my life, and when I heard of his illness my heart wept for him and his family and friends, and for all of his other patients who like myself were losing one of the last great and compassionate physicians left in this world. I not only lost a Dr. but a real friend with Dr. Browning’s passing, and I pray God will be with all of his family, friends, and patients, during this time of mourning. God Bless you Dr. Browning and thank you for touching my life you will be greatly missed.

Linda Jackson
7 years ago

Dr. Browning was a kind and gentle speaking man, he was always nice and greeted me with a smile when he came to the office. He has been missed at the office and will continue to be missed.

pansy steele
7 years ago

Dr. Browning was much more than my employer of 22 yrs..he was also my friend, advisor and confidant.He was kind enough to share his family with me and I will forever cherish the relationship I have developed with Sue, Debbie and Pep. I love him and miss him . He will forever be in my heart. Pansy Steele

Xaviera McFarland
7 years ago

Dr. Browning was such a great doctor and compassionate man. He was thoughtful and kind. He deliverd my daugher Imani, she was having complications with her heart rate during labor and Dr. Browning was very precise and quick, she was born via C-section. I often thanked him, and wanted others to know his kindnes..


stephanie stephens
7 years ago

Dr. Browning will be surely missed. He was a great person and physician. He was especially helpful to me when I was a new nurse. I will remember him as always willing to answer any question, remaining cool while I panicked, and his calm presence.

Brandy Davis
7 years ago

Dr.Browning will truley be missed.He was a very kind man and wonderful physician.I am very proud to have work for him.

Barndy Davis

Ghislaine Taylor
7 years ago

Few months ago when I received the letter from Dr Browning informing me of his illness and retirment from his practice I was extremely saddened to know that he was suffering a terrible illness,and often since then my thoughts and prayers were with him and his family. How touching it is that he took time to write to each of his patience to say good bye. Surely this is the gesture of a very kind and caring person. I am honored to have received an invitation to attend the celebration of his life, next Saturday. My deepest expressions of condoleances to his parents and family. How sad for them to have to live through the morning of their dearest son. My heart goes to them.

Sherry Morris
7 years ago

From Queen of RHS Sworn Sisters-May you find comfort in memories & strength in each other’s love throughout this very difficult time. Alway remember that the love you shared with Gary will never die but it will remain in your heart forever.

Catherine MIlls
7 years ago

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Browning , he was a really good Dr. and i loved him he delivered my children and i was a patient of his for years ..my condolences to his family.

Anna Myers
7 years ago

I am deeply saddened by the loss of the most wonderful, caring doctor I have ever known. He is forever a part of our lives and I will miss him.

Rob Clyburn
7 years ago

I am saddened to hear of Dr Browning’s passing. I called on him for many years with Solvay and he was always so good to see. He will be missed by so many. I know many of his patients and they loved his care for them. Heaven is gaining a great doctor. Rob Clyburn

Shannon Nicholson
7 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Browning’s passing. He was an extremely talented doctor and a very kind-hearted man. I will forever be grateful to him for everything he has done for my family. My thoughts and prayers go out to his sister, Debbie and mother, Sue. I also wish to express my gratitude to Sue for all that she’s done for my grandfather and for being such a kind and generous friend to my grandmother. You are and forever will be, a part of our family.

Diane Arthur
7 years ago

I am sorry to hear about Dr. Browning passing, He was a very good Dr. and will be missed. Dr. Browning delivered one of my 3 children Diane Arthur

Sherry Morris
7 years ago

I am sorry to say that I will not be able to make it to the memorial service. Please know that each of you are in my prayers. I would do anything for his mother, Sue. She is such a sweet & caring woman. Knowing her brings joy into my life.

Fredonna Shrewsbury
7 years ago

I am truly sorry to learn of the passing of Dr. Browning. He was a wonderful doctor. Dr Browning was always professional and courteous. He was one of the nicest doctors I have met. I will be unable to attend his memorial. My sincerest condolences to his partner, family and co-workers.

Emily McCain
7 years ago

I am very sad to hear that Dr. Browning has passed away. I enjoyed working with a doctor who truly cared for his patients. He was brillant and great doctor who gave his all to his patients. I will definitely miss working with him. I am praying for his sweet family.

Tita Picou
7 years ago

I had the pleasure and honor of working with Dr. Browning for the past 20 years at Tidewater Physicians for Women. He had a brilliant mind, a zest for travel, and soft spot in his heart for others. He was diversely knowledgeable on every subject – not only medicine. He was always available whenever you needed him – whether it was to consult him about a trip you were planning or about a loved one’s health and medical treatments they were receiving. Even though he is now free from his pain and suffering, it is still hard to accept the loss of him. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve him and I will truly miss him. He will always hold a special place in my heart.

My love and deepest sympathy goes out to his family – Sue, Debbie, and Pep.

Dr. B – Vaya con Dios…

Kathie RIebling
7 years ago

I had the priviledge to work with Dr. Browning for six years. I truly appreciated his dedication to his profession and his care for his patients and staff. We will truly miss him!

Cheryl Shrontz
7 years ago

I have been Dr. Browning’s patient for 21 years. He and Pansy took excellent care of me when I was sick. He patiently answered all my questions. He was my friend and I loved him. Dr. Browning, I will miss you terribly. Heaven is lucky to have you. My condolences go to his family for their loss.

Anne Harrison
7 years ago

I have known Dr Browning for over 20 years and worked with him at De Paul. He was a very caring and compassionate man, loved by both patients and staff. We enjoyed hearing about his many adventures around the world. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

Cindy Williams
7 years ago

I have known Gary since his second year of residency at Norfolk General now Sentara as I was the Wyeth representative who called on him both then and after he entered private practice. He was a wonderful man and OBGYN and, as others have said, left us far too soon. He will be missed both as a physician and as a friend. My condolences to his partner and to his family.

Mary C. Guiglia
7 years ago

I was a classmate of Gary’s at UK College of Medicine. I remember how he went out of his way to show me the ropes when I followed him in rotation through our clinical and surgical rotations in our third year of medical school. He was always kind, always caring and always fun to be around.

sarah wolfe
7 years ago

I was a patient of Dr. Brownings many years ago as a teenager. I remember him as joyful and gentle Doctor who spoke with kind and compassionate words. He was the first physician to convince me to trust in the healing power of the human body…and I have been doing so ever since. Dr. Brownings bright light, spirit, and kindness have made such an impact. He will be missed.

Kathy Griffin
7 years ago

I was referred to Dr.Browning 17 years ago. He delivered one out of the three children I had at TPW. He was so kind to me. I will miss him very much. He will always be my favorite doctor.

Stephanie Stevens
7 years ago

I was saddened to hear of Dr. Browning’s passing. He was a great doctor and you could tell he cared about you as a patient. My deepest condolences and sympathies are with his family and loved ones.

Lisa Lee
7 years ago

I was very sad to hear of Dr. Brownings passing. He had been my doctor for many years. He was very compassionate and understanding. I will miss him very much. My many prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends.

Ellen Speller
7 years ago

I will truly miss Dr. Browning with all my heart. I had never talk to such a kind person and a loving person, who was a doctor, just a down to earth person.

With Love, Ellen Speller

Nora Miley
7 years ago

I worked with Dr. Browning at DePaul many years ago. I found him to be a very skilled and caring doctor, and a knowledgble and interesting person. He eagerly would share stories of his numerous travel adventures, which all enjoyed.

“A life well lived is a precious gift.” He will be missed.

With sympathy, Nora Miley

sharon nieto
7 years ago

I worked with Dr.Browning for 9 years at TPW. He always helped me with our family trip planning. He told me all the places whe should visit in Manhatten and we did! He also helped me plan our San Franciso trip. I’m going to miss him at the office. He was always so polite and helpful, a perfect gentleman. -Sharon Nieto

Mary Russo
7 years ago

My heartfelt condolences go to Dr. Browning’s family. He was my physician for almost 20 years at TPW and I so greatly appreciated his knowledge and kindness, his wit and his expertise. Although I had hoped for a different outcome in his illness, I am confident that his soul lives on with Our Lord amongst the heavenly hosts. May the fact that he was so highly regarded and will be so greatly missed be of comfort to you in this time of sorrow. I am having 2 memorial Masses said for him at the parish in Chesapeake which I attend when I am in Tidewater. May he rest in peace.

Lenis Makua
7 years ago

Not only did I work with Dr Browning but I was also a patient of his. As everyone on here has said, he was always super kind, generous, gentle & not to forget totally & ALWAYS PROFESSIONAL! I will miss him dearly. I look forward to his celebration this Saturday : All my Love & Prayers to Dr Browning’s Mum, Partner & Family.

Lenis x

Richard Cardosi MD
7 years ago

Please accept my deep sympathies at the death of Gary. He was a medical school classmate of mine at Univ. of Ky. He was a well respected and compassionate man there and this is obviously reflected in the comments here. The class of 1984 will celebrate their 25th reunion Oct. 17 2009 in Lexington Ky where he will be remembered and missed.


Richard Cardosi MD

Linda Williams
7 years ago

September 9th,2009, was truly a sad day for the medical community in the Tidewater, VA area. We lost one of our finest, compassionate, and caring providers. I had the extreme pleasure of working with Dr. Browning from 2004-2006. I highly respected the genuine warmth and concern that he showed to his patients and staff. He will never be forgotten. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his loved ones. Respectfully, Linda Williams

Bobbi Russell
7 years ago

So sorry to hear about Dr. Brownings death,,He was a young man to be taken so soon. He was a great doctor, He was my doctor when he was at DePaul, he always made me feel comfortable. He was a doctor that showed he cared about you as a person. He will be missed.. Bobbi

Susan R. Bell
7 years ago

Throughout the many years as a patient, Dr. Browning had always displayed a loving sense and was always very professional and reassuring with health issues. He will truely be missed. I enjoyed talking to him about his travels and recommendations as well and during the holidays recipes. Blessings goes out to his significant loving partner and family.

Pamela Wilson
7 years ago

You are now the Guardian Angel for TPW; all who worked there, have been healed there and have been delivered into our world. Give Fran my love. And let your angelic wing brush upon my Pansy & Shannon every now and again.