Tweedy, Browne announced December 14 that its long-time partner, Christopher H. Browne, died on December 13 of a heart attack. Chris Browne had a 40-year career at the value firm, joining the firm in 1969 that his father, Howard Browne, helped found, and was a partner at the firm since 1974; the letter announcing his death on Tweedy, Browne’s Web site said he had taken took “a step back from his daily involvement and became a senior advisor to the firm” earlier this year.

As Morningstar.com reports in its article on his death, Browne “distinguished himself not only as a first-rate investor, but also as an admirable teacher,” citing his book, The Little Book of Value Investing, and his teaching career, notably at the Columbia Business School: videos of lectures he gave in 2006 and 2007 are available here.

Investment Advisor interviewed Chris Browne and his partners on several occasions, notably in this evergreen exchange with then-staff-writer Megan Fowler in 2002 on investor psychology, and in this mutual fund spotlight interview with the managers of the fund company’s flagship Global Value Fund, including Chris Browne’s surviving brother, William Browne, in 2001.