TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff Saturday to honor a Kansan who had been the oldest sitting federal judge in U.S. history.
U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown died Jan. 23 at an assisted living center in Wichita at age 104. A memorial service for Brown is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, and Brownback ordered flags to remain lowered from sunrise to sunset.
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 semiretirement that allows federal judges to work with a full or reduced case level. But he continued to carry a full workload for decades.