Brownlee Currey, Jr.
Class of 1999
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 1998
Brownlee Currey earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 1949. Currey describes himself as financial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and athlete. He also served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1957. In the early 1970s, Currey purchased the Nashville Banner and co-founded Osborne Communications, a public radio company. Through his media holdings, Currey promoted the game of tennis as a sport that could benefit the community. Currey played a special role in improving the tennis program at Vanderbilt University and the current tennis facility bears his name. Currey has worked with the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame to raise money and honor those who have been so influential through tennis. Currey has enjoyed tennis most of his life and played for Vanderbilt during college. He later became a nationally ranked senior player earning several singles senior titles and top finishes in Nashville, Tennessee and throughout the south between 1979 and 1994. Retiring from tennis due to shoulder injury, Currey now plays golf. Active in community service beyond tennis, Currey serves as the Commissioner of the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and is chairman of the United States Equestrian Foundation. He serves on the boards of the Volunteer Horsemen’s Association, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, and the Southampton Association and the Hanley Center Foundation advisory board. He achieved Emeritus status on the Montgomery Bell Academy board and the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. Currey and his wife Agneta Akerlund have three children and twelve grandchildren.