Allyn L Brown Jr

May 21, 1915April 19, 2014

Allyn L. Brown, Jr., 98, of Preston died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 19, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born in Norwich, CT on May 21, 1915 to Allyn L. and Marion M. Brown. He married Barbara C. Eddy who predeceased him on November 22, 1999.

Allyn attended Norwich Free Academy, graduating from Deerfield Academy in 1933, Brown University in 1937, and the Yale School of Law in 1940. He was associated with the Hartford law firms of Day, Berry & Howard and Alcorn, Bakewell & Alcorn before his entry into the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942, where he served as Captain of the Port of Bridgeport, and later as communications and watch officer on the USS Ramsden DE 382 in the north and south Atlantic and Mediterranean. Upon retirement as a Lieutenant in 1946, he became associated with Attorney George C. Morgan of New London, and in 1947 formed the firm of Brown, Jewett & Driscoll in Norwich, specializing in trial practice. Thereafter, in 1966 he became associated with the firm of Brown, Jacobson, Jewett & Laudone, and thereafter with its present successor.

He was admitted to the Connecticut and federal bar in 1940. He was deputy judge of the city court of Norwich. In 1952 he was appointed as State’s Attorney for New London County, in which capacity he served with distinction until 1965. He served on the Council and as an officer of the State Bar Association of Connecticut, serving as President in 1954 and 1955. He was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1961, and the American Bar Foundation. He served as attorney trial referee from 1985 to 1991.

He has always given a great deal of time and effort to community affairs, and was designated as Norwich Man of the Year in 1953. From 1948 to 1952 he was the organizer and chairman of the Citizens Committee for Better Norwich Government, which accomplished, despite the opposition of all political parties, the consolidation of the city and town of Norwich, and a new charter providing for the city manager form of government. He served on the executive and other committees of The William W. Backus Hospital and as its President from 1967 to 1969. He was Vice-President of the United Way of Southeastern CT. He was President of the Norwich YMCA in 1965-1966, and later of the YMCA of Southeastern CT in 1985-1986. He also served for many years as Trustee of the Hazen Foundation of New Haven, the Central Baptist Church of Norwich, as Chairman of the Holt-Elwell Foundation of East Hebron, NH, and as a Trustee of the Eastern States Exposition of West Springfield, MA.

From 1952, he resided at Maple Lane Farms in Preston City, served as a Director of Franklin Mushroom Farms, Treasurer of Jacobs Rubber Co. in Killingly, and for many years as President of Brown, Jacobson, Jewett & Laudone. He served as Director of Chelsea Savings Bank, now Chelsea Groton Savings Bank, for 39 year, from 1951 to 1990.

He is survived by six children, Gail M. Brown and Allyn L. Brown, III of Preston City, Sarah C. Brown of Encinitas, CA, Paul M. Brown of North Fayston, VT, Daniel E. Brown of Lebanon, NH and Jean Brown of Hope, Maine, and seven grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the NFA Foundation, 321 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360 where a scholarship has been established in his memory.

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Charlie Jewett

November 10, 2014

Dear Brown Family, Forgive my belated response to your Dad's passing. Barbara and he were best pals to my late parents Molly and Chuck Jewett in Lyme. He and Chuck were law partners for 50 years (your Dad gave a eulogy at Chuck's memorial in 2000), sailing and travel buddies, and firm believers in the benefits and joy derived from raising a family on a farm.

Your Dad was a gracious and funny man, and I will miss his wise counsel. Woody Jewett (Charles W Jewett Jr)

Annette Fleming Stockwell

April 29, 2014

So very sorry for the loss of your dad. I think of you often. I have so many fond memories of your family growing up. My prayers our with you and your family. God Bless, Annette Fleming Stockwell

Deborah Beebe

April 25, 2014

To the Brown family. I worked at BJJ&L from 1970-1977. I have wonderful memories and the utmost respect for your dad. May he rest in peace and I shall keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

April 24, 2014

The Ludlow Family, would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Howard and Amie Ludlow were very close to the Brown's. The Judge was a true hero and respected friend. God bless you all during this time of remembering years past. BFF

Kevin Ryan

April 24, 2014

May I offer my condolences to the Brown family on your loss. He was a great man in our community and will be missed. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Mike Duckett

April 24, 2014

Our sincere condolences to all the family. Wayne let us know as both Marie and I have fond memories of Mr Brown from our visit for Thanksgiving in 2000. I especially remember the great conversations and for me particularly the short trip he and I made to collect the turkey!

I often tell friends about the calibre of the gentleman I met that year.

Rest in peace.

Sebastian DeSantis

April 24, 2014

On the behalf of the DeSantis and O'Brien family I am sending our sympathies. Mr. Brown was a great man and a good friend to our family over the years. He will be missed.

Hanna Sullivan Cushman

April 23, 2014

My sympathy and more to the family of such a fine man. His kindness was legendary; his compassion, pride and love for his family, service to his community, brilliance in law, all seemed to find balance in ways I have never seen since and never will I am sure. He was particularly kind to my own mother in 1962 when we lost my father at the age of 49. Allyn Brown and Jim Dutton especially were so kind, At the time of Daddy's death my oldest brother, now deceased, had been scheduled to go to Mansfield after over 22 years at home with us. Words are not sufficient here to describe Allyn Brown, his efforts, intervention for her at that time, understanding, etc. were extraordinary. For those thousands who have known this humble and caring man would agree that while life was full, he never wanted accolades or praise. May his children, grandchildren and all his family and close friends find solace in the knowledge that he is now with your mother, and may your memories help assuage your grief today, Those same memories will indeed brighten your life for having had him as your father, grandfather, etc. Rest in Peace, Mr. Brown, and thank you.

Linda Pershaec

April 23, 2014

Gail, my condolences to you and your family, on the passing of your Dad. He always smiled when he saw us enjoying our "horse and pony" time.

Lynne Valente

April 23, 2014

He was the last of a generation . A true gentleman , setting a wonderful example for his family and community. I have lovely memories of conversations with him out on the porch. I'm so sorry for your loss, Lynne Valente