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By Earl Smith
The Honorable Morton A. Brody, U.S. District Court judge for the State of Maine and long-time resident of Waterville, passed away in March. He had long been a close friend of the College and had taught courses on the judicial system for the Government Department for several years. His wife, Judy (Levine) Brody '58, associate dean of admissions and financial aid, has worked on the Colby staff for more than two decades.
At Brody's memorial service, Colby Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Raymond Krinsky reminded mourners that "a good life has its number of days, but a good name continues forever." Now, in accordance with the wishes of the Brody family and the enthusiastic support of the United States Federal District Court, Judge Brody's name and memory will be perpetuated by the establishment of The Honorable Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award.
Colby's Board of Trustees agreed to create a special endowment to support a biennial event on the campus, at which the award will be presented. Akin to the Lovejoy program for journalists, the new award will honor an outstanding federal or state judge who demonstrates the qualities of integrity, compassion, humanity and judicial excellence as exhibited by Judge Brody throughout his life.
Precise criteria for selecting award winners will be developed by a newly appointed selection committee chaired by Brock Hornby, chief judge of the Federal District Court in Maine. Other members of the initial selection committee are: Vincent McKusick (H '76), former chief judge of the Maine Supreme Court; Nancy Gertner, Federal District Court judge in Boston; Colleen Khoury '64, Colby trustee and dean of the University of Maine School of Law; Charles Miller '69, Esq., Portland, Maine, attorney with Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson; L. Sandy Maisel, Colby's William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government; Ann Depew, Esq., a former law clerk of Judge Brody's and an attorney with Hale and Dorr in Boston; the president of Colby or the president's appointee; and a member of the Brody family.
Contributions to the endowment for the Brody Award may be sent in care of the Office of the President.
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