His law clerk, Nanette Turner Kalcik, says U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown passed away Monday night at the Wichita assisted living center where he lived.
Brown was appointed as a federal district judge in 1962 by then-President John F. Kennedy. In 1979, Brown officially took senior status, a type of semi-retirement. But he continued to carry a full load of cases decades later.
Brown’s long tenure on the federal bench rivals that of Joseph Woodrough, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, who had been the longest practicing judge in the federal judiciary when he died in 1977 at age 104.