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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX045 (1995)

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ARLX045 James Brown, W6VH, SK
 
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Special Bulletin 45  ARLX045
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 16, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
 
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ARLX045 James Brown, W6VH, SK
 
James Brown, W6VH, a retired Los Angeles municipal judge and former
Los Angeles city councilman, died July 10, 1995.  He was 89.
 
He was born in 1906 in Pingree, North Dakota, and moved to
California in 1912.  He was first licensed in 1922 as 6VH, according
to long-time friend Don Goshay, W6MMU.  For many years he worked
with the late Don Wallace, W6AM, on Long Beach, California,
Polytechnic High School class reunions.
 
Just out of high school, he became a shipboard wireless operator and
then an early disk jockey.  He enrolled in law school in 1934 and
was admitted to the bar in 1939.  During World War II he was
involved in the design of aircraft electronics and radar, but when
peace came he returned to his law practice, while continuing his
work in engineering, according to the late Lenore Jensen, W6NAZ, who
profiled Brown in Worldadio magazine in 1981.
 
City Councilman Brown represented the Hollywood District and, Goshay
said, was ''well known for his public battles'' with Los Angeles
Mayor Sam Yorty in the early 1960s.  He was appointed to the bench
in 1964 and served as a judge until retiring in 1985.
 
He was a member of the Radio Club of America and the Society of
Wireless Pioneers (and SOWP president in the early 1980s).  Among
his survivors are his wife, Margaret.  
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