Sir Stephen Brown
|President of the Family Division|
|Preceded by||Sir John Arnold|
|Succeeded by||Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss|
|Born||October 3, 1924|
Patricia Ann Good (m. 1951)
|Children||5 (2 sons, 3 daughters)|
|Parents||Wilfrid Brown |
Nora Elizabeth Brown
|Residence||Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Alma mater||Queens' College, Cambridge|
|Years of service||1943 to 1946|
|Unit||Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve|
From 1943 to 1946 Brown served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve as a Lieutenant.
Brown became a barrister at the Inner Temple in 1949, became a bencher in 1974, and became Treasurer in 1994. He was Deputy Chairman of Staffordshire Quarter Sessions from 1963-971, and Recorder of West Bromwich from 1965-971. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1966. He was a Recorder, and Honorary Recorder of West Bromwich from 1972–75, was a High Court judge, in the Family Division, from 1975–77, and in the Queen's Bench Division from 1977–83, and was Presiding Judge of the Midland and Oxford Circuit from 1977-81.
Brown became a Privy Counsellor in 1983 and was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal (1983–88) and, finally, President of the Family Division (1988–99) of the High Court of England and Wales. On 19 November 1992, he delivered the landmark ruling that doctors treating Tony Bland, who had been in a persistent vegetative state since suffering serious brain damage in the Hillsborough disaster more than three years earlier, could withdraw food and treatment keeping him alive. Treatment was ultimately withdrawn on 22 February 1993, after the House of Lords rejected an appeal by the Official Solicitor, and Mr Bland died on 3 March 1993.
He was a member of the Parole Board of England and Wales from 1967 to 71, of the Butler Committee on mentally abnormal offenders from 1972 to 1975, and of the Advisory Council on Penal System in 1977. He was Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors from 1971-75. He was Chairman of the Council of Malvern College from 1976-94.
As of 10 January 2009, he is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Children’s Rights International. He has served as President of several organisations : Edgbaston High School, 1989–; Malvernian Society, 1998–.
Brown was knighted in 1975. Brown was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1999.
He has received an honorary fellowship and several honorary degrees:
Brown was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1999.
Sir John Arnold
| President of the Family Division
Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss
Old Malvernians are alumni of Malvern College, an independent day and boarding school in Malvern, Worcestershire, England that was founded in 1865. Originally a school for boys aged 9 to 18, it merged in 1992 with a private boys' primary school and an independent school for girls to become coeducational for pupils aged 3 to 18.
Many alumni have gained recognition in such fields as the military, politics, business, science, culture and sport. Among the most famous are spymaster James Jesus Angleton, former head of the CIA's counter-intelligence; Aleister Crowley, the controversial but influential occultist; actor Denholm Elliott, sportsman R. E. Foster, the only man to have captained England at both cricket and football; and novelist C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. Other well-known personalities include businessman Baron MacLaurin, a former Chairman of Tesco and Vodafone; Jeremy Paxman, journalist, author, and BBC presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge; and Baron Weatherill, the former Speaker of the British House of Commons. Old Malvernians who have become heads of state or government include the eponymously titled Viscount Malvern and Najib Tun Razak, the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia. The former was the British Commonwealth's longest serving Prime Minister by the time he left office. Old Malvernian Nobel Prize winners include Francis William Aston, winner of the 1922 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, and James Meade, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1977.