Obituary of Le Lieu Browne

January 11, 2024

Le Lieu Browne was born in Vietnam on November 11, 1934.  She was educated in Paris and returned to Vietnam beginning her career with the Minister of Information of the Republic of South Vietnam, went on to work with Radio Australia, The United States Information Service and with her dear husband, Malcolm Browne, as a Photographer and Journalist bringing them around the globe covering world events for the New York Times.  Le Lieu retired as the project General Manager of the New York City Refugee Employment Project after twenty years of service . She split her time between New York City and Vermont.  Le Lieu led an active retirement enjoying  painting,  attending theatrical and musical events, visiting museums and taking advantage of all NYC and Vermont has to offer. Le Lieu published her memoirs, “Bend the Willow - A story of friendship, family and love” in 2018. She is survived by her sister in France, brothers in California, her stepdaughter in NY and stepson in Canada, nieces and nephews in the U.S and Europe and many very dear friends in places across the world.  She passed away at home in NYC on January 11, 2024. She will be greatly missed by friends and family.

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January 16, 2024

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Crestwood Funeral Home

445 W. 43rd Street

New York, NY 10036

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Dear family of LeLieu, I am a friend and enjoyed many times and hours this summer on back road drives through Vermont to places she had never visited . She had a special way of drawing you in to her world. She certainly enriched my life and I loved her dearly. We shared a special connection as kindred spirits. She will be forever remembered. I bought her beloved yellow VW and promised her I would keep her name license plate. Warmly and in friendship, Laura

Posted by: Laura Pulaski - Post Mills, VT - Friend January 15, 2024

Dearest Le Lieu, Rest in everlasting peace with dear Malcolm, and with us in our memories of you both. With much love.

Posted by: Craig Whitney - Brooklyn, NY - Friend January 16, 2024

Dear Le Lieu, we’ll be painting with you in our minds and hearts for the rest of time. You are loved and, like your beloved Malcolm, you’re never to be forgotten.

Posted by: Suzi R - Thetford Center, Vermont - Friend January 20, 2024