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FORT WORTH -- Richard Lee Brown, 88, died peacefully in his sleep Friday, July 18, 2014.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Memorial Park.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
Richard was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Fort Worth to the late Judge Marvin H. and Janie McIntosh Brown. He attended Fort Worth elementary and middle schools and graduated valedictorian of Paschal High School in 1942. He attended Rice University and the University of Texas, pre-war and graduated from the latter with an LLB in 1949. He also attended George Washington University where he received his LLM in 1953.
Richard served in World War II as a combat infantryman, 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division. He attained the rank of master sergeant at the age of 20 and was awarded the Bronze Star for Heroic Achievement, the Combat Infantry Badge and the ETO Ribbon with three battle stars. His division fought against the final winter German counteroffensive in Alsace. Recalled for active duty in the Korean War, he served in the infantry and as a first lieutenant at the Judge Advocate General's Office at the Pentagon. He appeared 42 times in argument before the newly formed United States Court of Military Appeals. He later served as special attorney for the IRS in Washington, D.C.
Richard returned to Fort Worth in 1956 to private practice (Friedman & Brown). He was appointed associate justice, Fort Worth Court of Appeals 1981-1983; chief of Civil Division, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office 1989-1991. He was a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and its president in 1977.
Richard cared deeply about his country and his city and was active in many civic organizations. He was a former board member of University Christian Church, as well as an elder and deacon; chairman of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition 1966-1969; former chairman of the board of the Fort Worth Public Housing Authority; former director and secretary of Casa Manana; former director of the Child Study Center; and former director, vice president and secretary of the Fort Worth Symphony Association. Richard was a former director at both the Riverside State Bank and the Central Bank and Trust. He was also a longtime member of Rivercrest Country Club.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leigh Ann Brown.
Survivors: Wife of 64 years, Betty; daughter, Beverly; granddaughter, Leigh Ann Perri; and numerous nieces, nephews, great and great-great.