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J. Curtiss Brown

J. Curtiss Brown

The late J. Curtiss Brown, former Chief Justice of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, was born on October 4, 1921 in Burkett, Texas. First appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Dolph Briscoe, Judge Brown subsequently won election to the Court, where he served for twenty-two years. Judge Brown authored more than 1,700 opinions and participated in more than 4,000 cases decided by the Court.

Judge Brown received his undergraduate degree from Tarleton State College and was a 1943 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Law Review, Chancellors, and Order of the Coif. Judge Brown practiced law for many years with BakerBotts and, at the time of his judicial appointment, he was a senior name partner in the firm of Brown, Kronzer, Abraham, Watkins, and Steely.

Judge Brown was one of the youngest attorneys ever invited to fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also served as a Director and as Chairman of the Board of the State Bar of Texas, and on many State Bar committees, including the Committee on the Administration of Justice, and as a member of the Texas Supreme Court's Advisory Committee. In addition, Judge Brown was a member of the American Judicature Society, the American Arbitration Association, the International Society of Barristers, and was a Director of the Texas Bill of Rights Foundation and the Inns of Court.

Among Judge Brown's many civic affiliations were service to the Houston Ballet Guild, the Houston Symphony League, and the Harris County Heritage Society.

Judge Brown is survived by his wife, Constance Lovice Brown; two sons, J. Curtiss Brown, Jr., and William Aubrey Brown; a daughter, Catherine Brown Fryer; and four grandchildren.