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Prominent accountant dies at 55

Prominent Tampa accountant Logan D. Browning, who worked as comptroller for the city of Tampa during the 1960s and 1970s, died Sunday at Tampa General Hospital. He was 55. Active in politics in Hillsborough County for many years, Mr. Browning ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Tampa in 1974, was a past member of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee and an area coordinator for the Carter-Mondale presidential campaign in 1976.

He was an aide to Mayor Dick Greco during the 1970s and served as a trustee and examiner for the Federal Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Florida.

More recently, Mr. Browning was active in fund-raising for the Leukemia Society and served as co-chairman of the Leukemia Televent broadcast on WTVT-Ch. 13 in August 1990. At the time of his death, Mr. Browning owned and operated an accounting and tax services firm.

Mr. Browning's widow, Barbara Ann, said Sunday that her husband died from a brain tumor diagnosed six months ago.

"He suffered very little," she said. "Except for the last four days, he was totally cognizant. He worked up until that time. In fact, he closed out the tax season."

About three months ago, 400 of Mr. Browning's family members, colleagues and friends gathered at the Columbia Restaurant to help Mr. Browning pay medical bills, said Mr. Browning's son, Logan D. Jr.

Sheriff Walter Heinrich, Chief Judge Dennis Alvarez and Mr. Greco spoke glowingly of Mr. Browning.

"They all said nice things. They described him as gregarious and accommodating," the son said Sunday.

Mr. Browning was a member of the Henderson Boulevard Church of Christ, where he was a song leader and Sunday school teacher. He was a past president of the Tampa Civitan Club and a former adjunct professor of accounting at the University of Tampa.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Browning is survived by his daughter, Katherine Jean Hammontree, Temple Terrace; his step-father, George Chester Stanton, Terra Alta, W. Va.; two brothers, John Wayne Browningand Noel Browning, both of Los Angeles; and a sister, Amy Switalski, St. Louis.

Mr. Browning will be buried in his hometown of Terra Alta.

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