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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Judge Ellis F. Brown, 93

WRENTHAM

Ellis F. Brown was never content to serve the public only in the course of his job as the top justice in Wrentham District Court. In his spare time during his career as a judge and even after retiring, Mr. Brown based his life on doing what he could for the underprivileged in the Boston area.

Mr. Brown died Sunday at age 93, at his daughter's home in Foxborough, the town where he had lived with his family since the 1940s. His daughter, Susan, said the cause of death was Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

In his 16 years as a district court judge, Mr. Brown presided over hundreds of cases, but he never grew weary of his profession, his daughter told the Globe. He was appointed as first presiding judge of the Wrentham District Court in 1972, retiring in 1983.

-- Dan Muse

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