Hon. Paul N. Brown

The Hon. Paul N. Brown, senior judge, Eastern District of Texas, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Sherman. Dannel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Judge Brown was born in Denison on Oct. 4, 1926, to Arthur C. and Nora Frances Hunter Brown. He grew up on a farm near Pottsboro as the youngest child of six. After attending Oak Grove Elementary School, he graduated from Denison High School in 1943 and entered The University of Texas at Austin. When World War II broke out, although under age, he persuaded his parents to allow him to enlist in the United States Navy. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in 1946 he returned to The University of Texas. While Judge Brown was completing his law degree in August 1950, the Korean War began, resulting in his being called back into active duty in the Navy. He was serving on a minesweeper, which was blown up off the coast of North Korea, causing all the men to abandon ship. He was then reassigned, this time to a recommissioned Navy tanker that delivered aviation fuel to Okinawa. His last assignment before discharge was on a fleet in the Mediterranean Sea.

In 1951, Judge Brown returned to Sherman and entered law practice with his brother, David Brown. In 1953, he received an appointment as an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, which carried him to Texarkana, Texas, for more than six years. In 1959, Judge Brown was nominated by President Eisenhower to serve as United States attorney in Tyler where he served until 1961. After meeting and marrying his wife, Frances Morehead, in Texarkana, he moved back to Grayson County, settling in Sherman and resuming law practice. In 1985 he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. In 2001, he chose to become a senior judge, and in 2006 he became an inactive senior judge after 21 years of service.

Judge Brown also was active in the community serving as a Mason. He was a longtime member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He served as a member of the Governing Board of Medical Plaza Hospital, Sherman. He was elected to the Sherman school board for two terms and served as president of that board. He served as president of the Optimist Club of Sherman. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Sherman and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club International. He served on the District Grievance Committee and Right to Counsel Committee of the State Bar of Texas. He was a sustaining life member of the Texas Bar Foundation. Judge Brown served on the State of Texas Board of Directors as a liaison between the federal judiciary and the State Bar. He also served as a member of the judicial council of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was a Keeton Fellow of The University of Texas Alumni Association.

In 2005, the Judge Paul Brown Endowed Scholarship was established at The University of Texas Law School. In 2003, his former law clerks established the Judge Paul Brown American Inns of Court. When Judge Brown was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Denison High School in 2006, it was said, "Paul always seemed to choose the right path, and along the way he demonstrated the ability to lead by integrity and honesty. He served his family, his faith, and the local community." In this way he made a significant contribution to the community at large as well as his own family.

Judge Brown was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Brown; sisters, Virginia Kretsinger, Robbie Hoff and Eva Jean Crow. He is survived by his beloved wife, Frances; son, Greg and wife Beth and grandson Hunter of Richardson, son, David and his wife Kendall and grandsons Jackson and Garrett of Dallas; sister, Louise McDonald of Sherman; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Wynne Chapel at Austin College with Neil Morgan of Covenant Presbyterian Church officiating. A reception will follow at the Wright Center.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Judge Paul Brown Endowed Scholarship at The University of Texas Law School Foundation, 727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, 78705; or Home Hospice of Grayson County.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Nov. 28, 2012