SANDUSKY, OH (FOX19) - Former Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Clifford F. Brown, 94, died Friday in Sandusky, OH. He served in the Ohio judiciary for nearly 30 years.
Justice Brown began his judicial career in 1958 on the bench of the Huron County Court where he was re-elected twice. In 1964, Brown was elected to the Sixth District Court of Appeals, where he was also re-elected twice. In 1976, his fellow judges elected him chief justice of the Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association.
Brown unsuccessfully sought election to the Supreme Court three times: 1966, 1974 and 1978. However, in 1980, he achieved his goal by defeating Fifth District Court of Appeals Judge David D. Dowd Jr. Justice Brown could not seek re-election due to constitutional age restrictions.
While serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Brown was known for his passionate stance on workers' compensation issues. He believed that these laws exist to ensure that injured workers have access to adequate medical care and compensation. Brown felt that circumstances and procedures should not unduly burden injured workers, and that, like other legal proceedings, there should be an appeal process open to all claimants.
Born Jan. 21, 1916, in Bronson Township in Huron County to Ignatius A. and Minnie R. Brown, Brown received a law degree from Notre Dame University in 1938. After passing the Ohio bar examination in 1938, he returned to Norwalk, where he entered the private practice of law until World War II interrupted his legal practice. Brown served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, where he worked as a legal clerk.
Justice Brown is survived by four children, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Katharine M. Ruffing.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Frank Kehres, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery.