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Brian Barnett Duff

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Brian Barnett Duff Obituary
Honorable Brian Barnett Duff, age 85, of Wilmette, IL. Born September 15, 1930, Dallas, TX, son of the late Dr. Paul Harrington Duff and Frances Ellen Duff; brother of the late Paul (Mary), John (the late Estamarie), the late Ellen (the late Harlan) Pickering, the late Roderick (Kathleen), the late Kevin (Barbara), Elizabeth Murphy, the late Gerald, the late Sheila, and Brendan. Graduate of St. John's College Preparatory School (Danvers, Mass), University of Notre Dame, DePaul University College of Law. Survived by wife, Florence nee Buckley (married November 1953); children Ellen (Robert Hermanson), Brian (Nancy), Roderick (fiancée Jeanne Pluemer), Kevin (Julie), and Daniel (Mary); and grandchildren Paul and Mark Hermanson and Elizabeth, Patrick, Sarah, Thomas, Peter, Hannah, Grace, Andrew, and Maggie Duff. Commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1953 and retired from the United States Naval Reserve in 1961. Served as a member of Illinois State Legislature (1971 to 1976), a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County (1976 to 1985), and received his commission as judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1985. Doting uncle of dozens of nieces and nephews, and proud mentor to scores of lawyers and other friends. Visitation Sunday, February 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Monday, February 29, 2016, 9:15 a.m. from at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077 to Saint Francis Xavier Church, 524 9th Street, Wilmette, IL 60091, Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Chicago Bar Foundation, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604 or NorthShore Hospice, NorthShore Foundation, 1033 University Place, Suite 450, Evanston, IL 60201. Info: www.donnellanfuenral.com or (847)675-1990
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 27, 2016
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