Judge James R. Browning, 93, who served 50 years on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, died Sunday, May 6, 2012.
He was appointed to the court by President Kennedy and had the longest tenure in the court’s history. The San Francisco courthouse was named in his honor.
Judge Browning was born in Great Falls and raised in Belt. He graduated from the University of Montana Law School.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Marie Rose; a daughter, Jeanne Sommer; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary with interment to follow in Mountview Cemetery.
The U.S. Court of Appeals of the 9th Circuit has scheduled a special session for Sept. 21 in San Francisco to celebrate the life and memory of Chief Judge Emeritus Browning. The proceeding will take place at 3 p.m. in the ceremonial Courtroom One of the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse, 95 Seventh St. in San Francisco.