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T. Carroll Brown Dies at Age 93

Carrol Brown

On March 16, 2010, T(homas) Carroll Brown, long-time principal member of Brown, Brown & Young, P.A., died from complications of a stroke.

A member of the 8th generation of his family to live and work in Harford County, T. Carroll Brown was an active member of the firm from 1954 until 2003, and had continued to mentor and support the firm and its members even after his official retirement.

His legal work concentrated on real estate, zoning and land use, estate planning, wills, trusts and estate administration. "He was a lawyer's lawyer, a beloved and respected figure in the Harford County legal community for his entire professional career, and a believer in helping every person to the utmost of his ability," says his nephew, firm principal Augustus F. "Gus" Brown.

A strikingly handsome man, his perfectly coiffed white hair, elegant everyday dress, impeccable manners and gentle, old-world style made him a familiar figure in Bel Air for generations. "He was perhaps the last of the great hat-tippers," a family friend remembers, "and he always had a twinkle in his eye."

"He was my mentor -- my friend -- the person I most wanted to emulate and follow," says firm principal Albert J. A. "Jay" Young. "He wasn't satisfied until every contract, every document, every word was perfect. He made us achieve perfection, and he made us feel great doing it," Jay adds.

Carroll Brown served in the US Navy during World War II, having graduated from Loyola High School and the University of Maryland College Park. He had established a career working for Commercial Credit, Inc., but became an attorney and joined the firm upon the request of his older brother A. Freeborn Brown, III, who had taken over the Bel Air practice after the death of their father in 1945. "Dad said, 'Carroll, I need you here, and Carroll never hesitated!' " says Freeborn's son Gus Brown.

T. Carroll Brown graduated from the University of Maryland Law School and joined the firm in 1954. In addition to Freeborn Brown, Gus Brown and Jay Young, T, Carroll Brown's former partners included the Hon. Lawrence S. Lanahan Jr., the Hon. Cypert O. Whitfill, the Hon. Stephen M. Waldron, and the Hon. Maurice W. Baldwin.

T. Carroll Brown served as a member of the Character Committee of the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners for many years, screening applicants for admission to the Bar based on their moral character and fitness.

A beloved and respected figure in the Harford County legal community and in the county as a whole, the long-time Bel Air resident served on the Board of Directors of First Virginia Bank Central Maryland (formerly the Commercial & Savings Bank and now part of Branch Banking & Trust), as well as holding the positions as Secretary, Treasurer and two-term President of the Harford County Bar Association. He was an active member of the Susquehanna Law Club, a passionate sports fan and a dedicated golfer.

To honor his long legal career and demeanor, the Harford County Bar Association established the T. Carroll Brown Civility Award, which it presents annually to a lawyer who best personifies Mr. Brown's civility.

For more information about the history of the Brown Family of Harford County, select this link.

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