He kept his 'forever' promise to CSUF students

Dr. Lee Broadbent remembers his late wife, Roberta “Bobbe” Browning, with a scholarship gift to the CSUF Women’s Center.

Dr. Lee Broadbent, counselor emeritus, and his late wife, Roberta (Bobbe) Browning, were student advocates at Cal State Fullerton: he as a senior counselor, and she as a director of career development and counseling. Together, they left a legacy of guidance and good will, exemplified by their generosity to the university.

As a young man in college, Lee was helped by a university counselor, and because of this life-changing experience, he directed his own life’s work to students. After he earned his Ed.D. in counseling psychology, Lee embarked upon a career that brought him to Cal State Fullerton, where he was a guiding light for students for 25 years. “I have a great fondness for students. For some of them it’s really a struggle to achieve their academic goals. Often, most of the struggle is financial.” After the tragic death of Bobbe’s son, John, who was just 16 years old, Bobbe and Lee created the John Browning Memorial Scholarship to honor him and to help deserving students in the Computer Science Department.

In honor of Bobbe, who passed away in 2008, Lee established the Bobbe Browning Memorial Women’s Center Scholarship. This scholarship benefits a single parent, re-entry student who is struggling to complete a degree and who is focused on the medical or social services professions.

“I wanted to make a forever commitment to the students of Cal State Fullerton. So many of them are bright and have potential. Hopefully, they will become role models and extend the helping hand they received to future students who need assistance.”

For information about creating an endowment at Cal State Fullerton, please contact Stephen Tanenbaum at 657-278-3947.