Peter Megargee Brown
Stonington - Peter Megargee Brown died a good death of natural causes at home in his sleep on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, with his wife of 40 years at his side. He was 92.

Peter was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on March 15, 1922. He is the son of Miriam (Megargee) Brown and George Estabrook Brown.

He was married to Alexandra Stoddard on May 18, 1974, at St. James Episcopal Church in New York City, by their mutual mentor and dear friend, John Bowen Coburn.

Peter headed the litigation and ethics departments at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in New York City until 1982, where he had worked for more than three decades. He was assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1953 to 1956, special assistant to the Attorney General of New York State and assistant counsel to the New York State Crime Commission under John Marshall Harlan from 1951 to 1953. He was an orientation specialist and journalist in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.

Peter is the author of "The Art of Questioning," published by Macmillan and later reprinted as a classic legal text by the Lawbook Exchange LTD, "Flights of Memory: Days Before Yesterday," published by Benchmark Press, "Rascals: The Selling of the Legal Profession," published by Benchmark Press, "One World At a Time: Tales of Murder, Joy and Love," published by Benchmark Press, "Village: Where to Live, How to Live," published by Benchmark Press, "Guide Select Gastronomique," published by Benchmark Press, "Figure it Out: A Book of Wisdom," published by The Lawbook Exchange, LTD. The Peter Megargee Brown papers, comprising of his principle lawsuits over 50 years of practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and appelate courts are available for the use of students and scholars and can be found in the "Manuscript and Archives" section of the Yale University Library in New Haven.

Peter was president of the Episcopal Church Foundation, president and trustee of the Riot Relief Fund for 50 years, chairman of the Design and Arts Society, warden and vestryman at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City, where his father served in the same capacity, a member of the Board of Regents of the Cathedral of St. John The Divine, a knight of the American Society of The Order of St. John.

Peter earned his education at the Browning School in New York City, St. Andrews School in Middletown, Del., Yale University and Yale University Law School. He is the recipient of the Yale Class of 1944 Distinguished Service Award, the Chairman's Award of the Yale Alumni Fund, the Headmaster's Award to Alumnus of St. Andrew's School for Public Service, and the public service award from the Federal Bar Association of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

After a life of accomplishment and study, Peter, who loved to read, took up painting seascapes when failing eyesight made it too difficult to read. He lived by the words of the Sanskrit: "participate with joy in the sorrows of the world." He also counseled Ralph Waldo Emerson's teaching that we are all "still learning." The joys for which he is eternally grateful are his family, especially his wife Alexandra. In his words, she brought him "flowers to winter days; pure water to a desert place; cheer and happiness in the morning sunlight." In addition, his classmates from Yale's Class of 1944 are among his best friends.

Peter is survived by his wife, his sister, Barbara Stetson, and four children, Peter Megargee Brown Jr., Blair Tillyer Brown Hoyt, Andree de Rapalyee Brown, and Nathaniel Holmes Brown. He is also survived by four stepchildren, Alexandra Brandon Stoddard, Brooke Goodwin Stoddard, Leslie Davis Kohl, and Wallace McRae Davis; five grandchildren; and four step grandchildren.

Peter's wife and children want to express their deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Center for Hospice Care of Southeast Connecticut. If you choose to send a donation to them in Peter's honor, the address is 222 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.
Published by The Day on Sep. 27, 2014.
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A gentle, kind man who adored Alexandra and was admired by many!
We celebrate Peter!
Cheryl Purvis
September 22, 2020
While we have not corresponded in a long time, I continue to follow you with interest and value your "life thoughths". I am saddened to hear of you loss and hope that your memories will keep alive the essence of such a special person.

Marcy Kongs, Aurora Il
marcy kongs
October 22, 2014
We will always remember Peter's love. May we hold Alexandra and her family with kindness and love.
Stephanie and Walter Houlihan
October 15, 2014
Dear Alexandra and family,

Sincere sympathy. He was a lovely man and truly a "oner"

Debbie Lee
October 9, 2014

Thank you for sharing your love for each other with us (your readers), always so inspiring! Your writing always reflected your love, caring, and such tenderness for your husband. God be with you and your family to comfort you.
Sandra Russell
October 7, 2014
Dear Alexandra: You were so generous to share your beloved Peter with all your readers who never had the great joy to meet him in person. Praying that the many happy memories you have provide you with comfort at this time and in the months ahead. Great love to you!
October 4, 2014
Peter was a man of commanding charm and presence. It was always a pleasure to be with hIm. He will be greatly missed.
Kent Straat
October 2, 2014
Love and Prayers from a long time friend in your books and Peters. God's richest blessings and peace to you and your precious family in the coming days. What sweet memories Peter left for all of you. Treasure each one and carry them close to your heart.
Shelby Fullerton
October 2, 2014
Heartfelt sympathy to you; may God's grace be so very real to you in the weeks ahead.
Nancy White
October 1, 2014
Peter was a patient and valued mentor to a young lawyer some forty years ago. He will be greatly missed.
Eric Hirschhorn
October 1, 2014
Dear Alexander i just want to send you my deepest sympanthy.I Will always remember the memories of peter and you when you dinned at noahs and your walks together tru town.Love Richard
Richard Allen
October 1, 2014
My prayers are with your family. All my blessings from spirit and heart
Birdi Davis
October 1, 2014
May the Lord of all comfort be with you and your family during this time of loss.
He is close to the brokenhearted.
September 30, 2014
We send our heart felt sympAthy to you. We were blessed to have known Peter and will always remember his wonderful ways in which he conducted his life.
Ron and Lynn King
September 30, 2014
Alexandra, I remember the deep love and commitment you showed each other during our visit for the "Happiness Weekend". My deepest thoughts and prayers for you and the family.

Mary Lee Merritt
Mary Lee Merritt
September 30, 2014
We remember how proud Peter was to carry the Sword of the Order of St. John at the NYC Investitures. Our sincerest condolences to you and the family. KStJ, Secretary American Society of the Order
Don Lundquist
September 30, 2014
My condolences to the family and friends for the loss of such a well respected man, Peter Brown. May God give you peace and comfort you all during this most difficult time.
September 30, 2014
My dear Alexandra and family
My heart is so heavy for all of you. I will treasure the joy, love and beautiful memories that you both gave freely every time we were in your presence. Peter will live in our hearts forever. I love you Alexandra .
Carla Cunningham
September 30, 2014
So sorry for your loss!
Lisa Young
September 29, 2014
I will always remember Peter's smile, and his upbeat way of thinking and living. He was our sun and shining star during the "Happiness Weekend"! Thank you Peter, through Alexandra's writing, for having been mentor for my family all these years. Our lives have been greatly enriched by your loving energy!
Monica Grinberg
September 29, 2014
Dear Alexandra,
We will miss such a gentleman who had quick wit and love
for all! We send our deepest sympathy.
Sharon and Peter Zilahy
Sharon Zilahy
September 28, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to Alexandra and her children as they endure this difficult time.
Nathaniel Brown
September 28, 2014
Dear, dear Alexandra, our love is with you as we think of dear, sweet Peter and our lovely visits. Sending happy thoughts xoxoxo Nancy & Sam
Nancy Burns-Fusaro
September 28, 2014
Peter's great intellect, bright spirit, warm welcome, easy smile, faithful friendship and quick wit will be missed by all who knew him while the heavens will be a bit brighter.
September 28, 2014
We are celebrating Peter and his life! How we will miss his kind words and huge smile!
Cheryl, David and Spencer Purvis
September 28, 2014
Always a gentleman a sweet soul .
God Bless you and your family
Stephen and Betty
Betty Keane
September 28, 2014
Dear Alexandra, you and Peter made life brighter and more meaningful simply by your love. GOD bless you and your and peace, Nancy
nancy law
September 27, 2014
A man who led an examined life.
Chris Andrews
September 27, 2014
dear alexandra, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. priscilla and allen
September 27, 2014
We will all miss you so very much, Peter, we all so enjoyed your company here at Noah's these many years with Alexandra. Happy Journey!
September 27, 2014
Dear soul ! Always so cheerful and friendly to all !A real part, with Alexandra, of the village and an inspiring sight for all ! Happy journeys, Peter !
Marie-Louise Knapp
September 27, 2014
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