James R. Brown III, attorney who advised credit unions

James R. Brown III, lawyer who advised credit unions, dies Jan. 31 at age 80.

James R. Brown III, an attorney who represented credit unions, died of pneumonia Jan. 31 at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The Glen Arm resident was 80.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Oakenshawe, he was the son of James R. Brown Jr., an attorney, and Emily Carscaden Brown, a nurse and homemaker.


He attended Baltimore Academy of the Visitation and was a 1954 Loyola High School graduate, where he played ice hockey. He earned a bachelor's degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and was a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.

Mr. Brown represented numerous Maryland credit unions during his legal career. He began as manager of the Maryland Credit Union League Inc. collection department. He later joined his brother in a law firm, Brown and Brown, to provide legal counsel to credit unions.


Mr. Brown was also a registered lobbyist in Annapolis for the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association. He also advocated for the modernization of credit union law.

Mr. Brown enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. He was a former member of the Glenmar Sailing Association and the Chesapeake Bristol Club. Sailing the Buster Brown, he won the Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race in 1984.

He was also a garden train enthusiast and created outdoor landscapes, including ponds, for his railroad and greenhouse.

A memorial gathering will be held at 9 a.m. June 13 at the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association Convention at the Ocean City Convention Center.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Beverly Decker Brown; his son, Brian Brown of Breckenridge, Colo.; a stepson, Stephen Michael Decker of Lutherville; a brother, John F. Brown of Cockeysville; and two grandchildren.