In 2012, Dr. Robert W. Browne and his wife, Lynn, made the financial commitment of funding up to $15.1 million for a major expansion of recreational facilities within the City of Coldwater. With the gift from Dr. Browne, a new aquatic center was able to be constructed on the grounds of Legg Middle School.

Dr. Browne is the American success story. Coming from humble beginnings as a child in Coldwater, this distinguished alumnus of the 1942 graduating class of Coldwater High School succeeded in serving his country as a WWII pilot. He returned from the war to put himself through dental school at the University of Michigan, eventually becoming an orthodontist, and ultimately a successful businessman and philanthropist in the Grand Rapids area.

"As we grow older, those of us fortunate to have been raised in Coldwater come to appreciate the blessings of our hometown and what it has to generously offer." - Dr. Robert W. Browne

Watch the dedication and groundbreaking ceremonies, and the announcement of Dr. Browne's gift, below: