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Norman R. Brown, retired attorney <br> Aug. 15, 1916 -- March 14, 2006

Norman R. Brown, a retired Amherst attorney, died Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 89.

Born in Boston, Mass., he was raised in Snyder and graduated from Amherst Central High School in 1934. He graduated in 1938 from Syracuse University, where he lettered in football and boxing, and in 1941 from the University of Buffalo Law School.

Mr. Brown served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, stationed in Australia and New Guinea. One of his most vivid memories was the trip across the Pacific Ocean to the war zone on a converted troop ship where -- one brilliant, sunny day near the equator -- he entertained fellow troops by participating in an exhibition boxing match in a makeshift ring on deck. He rose to the rank of second lieutenant.

Mr. Brown practiced in downtown Buffalo at Phillips, Brown & Gondree, retiring in the mid- 1980s.

He was a golfer and tennis player, actively competing well into his 80s.

A longtime member of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, he served as a deacon and elder. In recent years, he attended the Church of the Nativity in Kenmore.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Alice Bassett; a son, Russell of Aurora; two daughters, Susan Tonovitz of Amherst and Janet Franke of San Jose, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A private memorial service will be held. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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