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James A. Browning


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lebanon, N.H. — James A. Browning, 96, of Lebanon, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at the Byrne Center in Lebanon. Jim Was born Feb. 24, 1922 in Great Neck, N.Y. He attended Blair Academy and Dartmouth College (class of 1944). He got a Masters in Engineering at Stanford University where he met and then married Lucille Barkdull. He was offered a job teaching engineering at Dartmouth College and moved to Hanover in 1949 where he taught until 1966.   

Jim was an engineer in the mold of the Eccentric Inventor. He made thousands of design sketches on his famous Yellow Lined Paper some of which would be realized as testable prototypes. He received many dozens of patents for his unique designs during his life, continuing to design and patent his inventions his whole life. Jim had a passion for developing high-temperature high-velocity flame equipment used for metallizing, cutting, and for channeling granite.

Jim founded Thermal Dynamics Corp. in Lebanon in 1958. Thermal Dynamics developed a greatly improved Plasma cutting torch. Thermal Dynamics built a megawatt range unit which was used to test the Mercury capsule heat sheild. Jim left Thermal in 1968 to concentrate on High Velocity Oxy Fuel flame spraying equipment and continued to sell a flame channeler used to quarry granite. He loved to travel to quarries in remote places to install the equipment. His HVOF flame spray equipment was widely used in the industry.

Jim's travels took him as far as Antartica where he participated in a project to drill through the 1,400 foot Ross Ice Shelf. This program was successful resulting in the first look at the sea floor below the ice shelf.

Jim started Browning Engineering in Cannan, N.H. He opened a granite quarry in Hanover, and a granite finishing shop.

Jim is survived by Lucille, his wife of 69 years; his children, William A.Browning, Joel B. Browning and James H. Browning all of Lebanon; and two grandchildren. 

To view an online memorial and or send a message of condolence to the family, please visit, www.rand-wilson.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, N.H.