Brian Derek Forrow

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BRIAN DEREK FORROW was born February 6, 1927, to George and Doris Forrow, who came to this country from England in 1926. He passed away peacefully on August 4, 2010, after a brief illness. Brian graduated from The Stony Brook School, Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He joined the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon where he was an associate and then partner (1950-1968). During this time, he spent two years as a First Lieutenant (JAG) in the U.S. Air Force (1951-1953). He was joined in Idaho by his new wife, Eleanor. Upon returning to New York, Brian enjoyed 14 years of successful practice with Cahill Gordon. Between 1968 and 1992 he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and a member of the Board of Directors of Allied Signal and predecessor companies. He was a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars and the Bars of various Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He was author of articles in The Business Lawyer, the Harvard Law Review, Law and Contemporary Problems, and the American Bar Association Journal. Brian loved Greenwich, where he and Eleanor moved with their four small children in 1962. He was a founding member of St. Barnabas Church and served as its first Senior Warden. He was for many years a member of the Representative Town Meeting (District 10). He was proud to be a member and past President of the Retired Men's Association, member and past President of the Horseneck Club, member of the First Friday Group, past Vice President of The Round Hill Association, and past Board member of Indian Harbor Yacht Club, where he sailed his beloved "Fiddler" boats. Nicknamed "Anchor" by his grandchildren, he will be remembered by family and friends for his steady nature and love of sailing; his humanity, integrity, and great faith; the way he treated everyone he met with kindness, respect and fairness; his passion for the practice of law; and as a cheerful individual who never failed to be grateful for the many blessings in his life. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Eleanor Reid Forrow, his devoted children, Lisa and her partner, John, Lachlan and his wife, Susan, Katie and Derek; his cherished grandchildren, Melissa, Aden, Avery and Lauren; and his dog, Skipper. A memorial service will be held on August 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 954 Lake Avenue in Greenwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Episcopal Church Malaria Bed Net Fund @ Episcopal Relief & Development (, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017.
Published in GreenwichTime on Aug. 7, 2010
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