Douglas Browne, 48, Sparks State Bank worker

February 05, 2005

Douglas de Sparre Browne, a banking data operations worker, ended his life Sunday. A Lake-Walker resident, he was 48.

Family members said Mr. Browne was under a physician's care and had been suffering from depression because of health problems.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Baltimore artist Robert R. Browne. He was a great-grandson of McKee Barclay, a well-known Sun political cartoonist in the early 20th century.

Mr. Browne was a Towson Senior High School graduate and attended Towson University.

He began work with Sparks State Bank 18 years ago, and after its merger with the Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co. he worked in its Linthicum data operations center.

Family members said he enjoyed walking in his North Baltimore neighborhood accompanied by his two Labrador retrievers.

"He loved his neighborhood and his work," said his mother, Joan de Sparre Browne. "He was an extremely unselfish person."

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Episcopal Church of the Nativity, York and Cedarcroft roads, where he was a communicant.

In addition to his parents, survivors include an aunt and uncle, Olga de Sparre and James H. Rowland Jr. of Sparks.

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