SERVICE SET FOR TENNIS STAR
A Memorial service is set for Hall of Fame tennis star, Mary K. Browne.
(Dated August 30, 1971)
Mary K. (Kendall) Browne, acclaimed as one of the country’s greatest sports-women, achieving national fame in both tennis and golf. Miss Browne died in an Orange County hospital August 19, 1971, having suffered a severe stroke, She was 79 years old.
Born June 3, 1891, in Ventura, California Miss Browne was the first American woman to turn a professional tennis player. Thereafter she was: three times National Singles champion, five times National Ladies Doubles Champion, nine times National Mixed Doubles Champion of the United States, Wimbledon Ladies Double Champion, (1926) and twice Captain of the International Wightman Cup Team.
Miss Browne was named southern California Athlete of the Year for 1914. She is the only woman ever to achieve National acclaim in two sports in the same year, 1924 . She made history by reaching the finals in both the International Tennis Championship and the National Amateur Golf Championship.
She won the Southern California Championship (1921), was :runner-up in the California State Championship (1925), Runner-up in the California Midwinter Championship and in 1957 received the National Hall of Fame Tennis award.
In addition: Miss Browne served her country during World War II as Supervisor of the Red Cross Canteens in the South and Southwest Pacific arenas as well as Italy where she directed the Red Cross activities in and Army Air Force rest- and- recreation camp. This was as a direct result of being appointed Deputy Director of Women’s activities, under Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, in the U. S. Division of Physical Fitness, Office of Civilian Defense.
In the late 1920's Miss Browne directed feature sports shorts including pre-Olympic events for Pathe News under contract with Cortland Smith, president of Pathe news at the time, and was a United Press staff correspondent. (1927)
“Brownie”, as she was affectionately known conducted tennis schools in the “East”,
was the author of two widely accepted textbooks on tennis (Top-Flite) and (Design for Tennis). Also, she was co-author with Polly Baker, professionally know in radio circles as “Jane Weaver” of NBC, Cleveland, Ohio of a philosophical book entitled, “Victorious.”
In recent years, Miss Browne has devoted her daytime hours to golfing at the Irvine Coast Country Club, where she was an honorary member and portrait painting, a field where she has earned a reputation of note also.
April 19-25 of this year (1971) Miss Browne served as Honorary Chairman of the Ladies Professional Tennis Tournament sponsored by the San Diego Professional Tennis Association and thus participated in the formal dedication of the “Maureen Connolly Stadium” at Morley Field, San Diego, California.
Miss Browne epitomized her oft quoted international definition of sportsmanship:
“Sportsmanship is character in its most refined form.”
She is survived by two nieces.
Memorial service for Mary K. Browne will be held at 4:00 P.M.
Sunday, September 8, 1971 at Irvine Cove, Newport Beach, California
Ben C. Deane (Developer/Builder), a friend of long standing will give the eulogy and conduct the outdoor service. Interment will be at Forest Lawn
Church of the Science of God
La Jolla, California 92038-3131
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