In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Saturday, February 11th in Honor of Judge Wesley Brown, who passed away at the age of 104 on January 23rd, 2012 in Wichita. Judge Brown was the oldest active federal judge in U.S. History.
Judge Brown was born in 1907 in Hutchinson and earned his law degree from Kansas City School of Law in 1933. Judge Brown served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 and was appointed to the federal bench by President Kennedy in 1962. He continued to hear cases years past his 100th birthday.
"Judge Brown was an exemplary American and an exemplary Kansan. His tireless work ethic was proof of his dedication to the country and to his duty. He will be sorely missed. Judge Brown is a shining example to all Kansans," said Governor Brownback.
Judge Brown is survived by a son and a daughter, four granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren.