Remembering David O. Brownwood

22 March 2023

All at Benjamin Franklin House were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our friend and supporter David O. Brownwood, the first Chair of the US Benjamin Franklin House Foundation.

David received his A.B. with distinction from Stanford University in 1956 and went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot in the Air Defense Command until 1961. Flying remained a passion for David, even after his active duty. He attended Harvard Law School, receiving his LL.B. magna cum laude in 1964. From 1966 to 1967, he taught law at the University of Khartoum in the Sudan and from 1967 to 1968 at the Kenya Institute of Administration. Upon returning to the United States, he joined the New York-based law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP and became a partner in 1973, focusing his practice on corporate finance, becoming Senior Counsel in 2003.

David was always insightful, effective, warm, encouraging and kind.  He will be deeply missed.  We extend our sympathy to his wife Bo, his children and grandchildren.