Doctor Iley Baker “Trip” Browning III
February 10, 1956 – March 11, 2010

Published 5:47 am Friday, March 19, 2010

By Staff
Dr. Browning died March 11, 2010 with his loving family by his side at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He was 54 years of age. He was born in Evansville, Indiana and subsequently lived in Durham, North Carolina, as well as Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas.
Trip was the devoted husband of Doctor Pamela Kay Smith whom he met during medical school and married on July 17, 1981. He was a good father and role model to his two sons, James A. and Christian H. Browning. Trip was a wonderful cook, a passionate wine connoisseur and loved to travel.
Trip was an extraordinary student and an exemplary physician. He was a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, a Morehead Scholar and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Subsequently, he performed his internship, residency and fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine through the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was a board certified physician in the American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology. After fellowship he joined the Duke University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Pulmonary Diseases from 1988-1998. There he was the director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory and Pulmonary Fellowship program, Co-Director of the Duke Cystic Fibrosis Center, and Medical Director of the Pediatric Lung Transplant Program. He moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1998 where he began a Pediatric Pulmonary Division at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. There he worked tirelessly to improve the medical care for many children in South Texas and was a founder and the medical director for Camp Easy Breathers, a summer camp for children with asthma. During his practice there he was thanked by parents and children for saving and improving the quality of their lives. Trip was affiliated with 10 other Texas hospitals and clinics and was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Texas A&M University Medical School. Recently he became an Associate Professor and Division Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He was also an author and co-author of many articles and papers in pediatrics and pulmonology.
Trip is survived by his wife and sons as well as his sisters Graeme Browning of Bethesda, Maryland, Lowry Browning (and Tim O’Neill) of White Salmon, Washington, and Winlock Brown (and Steven) of Golden, Colorado. Trip was the son of the late Iley B. Browning, Jr., and Elizabeth Lowry Browning.
A funeral service will be performed at Saint James Episcopal Church in Belhaven on Saturday, March the 20th at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Smithton Cemetery in Smithton, North Carolina.
The following will serve as pallbearers: Dr. Christopher O’Connor, Mr. Ryan O’Connor, Mr. James Browning, Mr. Charles Dewey, Mr. Tim O’Neill and Dr. Staley Moore.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven, North Carolina from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March the 19th. Charitable donations may be sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Online condolences may be sent to
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