In memory of
Leonard E. “Dino” Brownson III
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In memory of
Leonard E. “Dino” Brownson III
Leonard E. "Dino" Brownson III, an Owens-Illinois executive with duties international and domestic who, in retirement, became an advocate for saving dogs and helping people as executive director of Assistance Dogs of America, died Wednesday in Parkcliffe Community, Northwood. He was 83. He had Alzheimer's disease, his son Mike said. Mr. Brownson, formerly of Perrysburg Township, retired from O-I in the early 1990s. He took an interest in Assistance Dogs, served on its volunteer board, and then became executive director for nearly a decade. "He brought a level of professionalism and dedication and just knowledge of running a business," said Chris Diefenthaler, who succeeded him as executive director in early 2003. Mr. Brownson found success by building rapport with the likes of the late Richard Ransom, the founder of Hickory Farms Inc., who became an Assistance Dogs benefactor. Mr. Brownson told The Blade in 1993 that he was a lifelong dog lover. "It's an opportunity to rescue dogs from the pound and the humane societies," he said in 1993, "and we can see that the dogs are brought up in proper health, trained effectively, and placed with a physically impaired person who really needs that dog's service." He retired from O-I as general manager of its plastic beverage division. He was a former general manager of Libbey Glass, then an O-I divsion. He'd been a general manager of O-I International in Geneva, was general manager of its Belgian subsidiary, and was president of its Brazilian glass operation. He joined the O-I sales agency in Havana - where he grew up - in 1958 and became sales manager the next year. The O-I glass container plant was taken by the Cuban government after the revolution, and he joined the international division's sales department in Toledo in 1960. He was born Feb. 11, 1933, to Alby and Leonard E. Brownson, Jr., in New York City. His father was a manager with a construction firm responsible for hotels, casinos, and government buildings in Cuba. Mr. Brownson and his siblings were raised as Cuban. He attended Colby College in Maine. In the Marine Corps, he was a drill instructor at Parris Island, S.C. He was preceded in death by his son John. Surviving are his wife, the former Jane de Baun, whom he married July 3, 1954; sons Leonard E. "Lee," Michael, and Stephen Brownson; daughter, A. Elena Brownson-McAlees, and nine grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today in St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Perrysburg, where friends will be received after 1:30 p.m. Witzler-Shank Funeral Home is handling arrangements. The family suggests tributes to the church, where he was a longtime member; Hospice of Northwest Ohio, or Parkcliffe Communities. Contact Mark Zaborney at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.
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