Featured HHS Alumni

Margaret A. "Peggy" Browning - Class of 1968

Margaret A. "Peggy" Browning, HHS Class of 1968, was a highly recognized attorney that specialized in Labor Law and served on the National Labor Relations Board. Peggy died of cancer in 1997. The following is her obituary that was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer March 2, 1997:

Margaret A. Browning, 46, a member of the National Labor Relations Board who passed up a chance for a lucrative law practice to help working people, died Friday at her home in Washington, D.C., after a two-year battle with cancer.

Ms. Browning, who began her labor law career in Philadelphia, also maintained a home in Rittenhouse Square with her husband, Joseph Lurie, also an attorney.

"She always wanted to help workers who were beat up on by those who exploited them,'' her husband said. "She had turned down an offer to go with a prestigious law firm.''

President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a statement praising Ms. Browning for contributing to "harmonious labor relations in this country'' and for her "compassion, good judgment and, especially in recent months, courage.''

Ms. Browning, who was appointed to the five-member board by Clinton in March 1994, continued to work until Monday, her family said.

William B. Gould 4th, NLRB chairman, said, "In the field of labor law, Peggy has left her mark with a career distinguished by her strong beliefs in protecting the rights of employees to engage in collective bargaining.''

Born in Nashville, Tenn., Ms. Browning graduated from Swarthmore College in 1972, worked for a period as a social worker with Philadelphia's civil rights commission, and then earned a law degree in 1978 from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, Ms. Browning served as editor of the Law Review.

She then clerked for U.S. District Judge Murray M. Schwartz in Delaware. For the next 15 years, she worked for Center City law firms, representing labor organizations in private, public and federal sectors.

In 1985, she was a founding partner of Spear, Wilderman, Borish, Endy, Browning and Spear.

Ms. Browning was an accomplished figure skater and often served as a judge for local club competitions. In 1990, she was a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association Judges Committee.

Her hobbies included opera and hiking.

Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Lisa, Jenine and Megan Lurie McCarver, and her father, F. Gilbert Browning.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to the Peggy Browning Fund, c/o Galfand, Berger, Lurie, Brigham, Jacobs, Swan, Jurewicz & Jensen, 1818 Market St., Suite 2300, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103. The fund is designed to help law students obtain public interest jobs during the summer.

Here is a web site that gives law school scholarships in Peggy's name: