Daniel Putnam Brown, Jr.

16 Broad Hill Road

West Granby, CT 06090

(860) 653-7557 (home)

(860) 251-5919 (office)

e-mail:  pbrown@goodwin.com


 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

 

Born:   

Evanston, Illinois, April 21, 1943

 

Married:   

Nannie Wright Talbot Brown, August 20, 1966


Two Children: 

Nannie Wright Brown Clough, born October 5, 1968, graduated from Colby College, Waterville, ME in 1990.  Married to William Plummer Clough, IV, August, 1992.  Nannie and Bill were teachers at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA.  Bill received his M.A. from Middlebury and his M.Ed. from Harvard, ran the EXPLO program at Yale for three years and now is Assistant Headmaster at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA.   Nannie is an event planner at Berkshire School.  They have three children, Elias, Rawson and Eva.


Allison Perkins Brown Moriarty, born July 30, 1970, graduated from Williams College,Williamstown, MA in 1992 and received her M.P.H. at Harvard.   Married Bradley Marshall Moriarty, August 1998.  Brad graduated from Georgetown and received graduate degrees from Boston University, Northeastern and M.I.T.  He now teaches physics at Milton Academy in Milton, MA.  They have one son, Tucker.


Education:  

New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL, 1961   

Williams College, BA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1965   

Yale Law School, LLB, 1968

 

[My law boards were in the top 1% of all who took the test, nationwide.]

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Associate, Shipman & Goodwin, Hartford, CT 1968-1974;

Partner, 1974-present. 

 

Prior responsibilities within the firm have included Chairman, Hiring Committee; Member, Executive Committee; Member, Management Committee; Chairman, Business Law Department; Chairman Corporate Trust Practice Group; Chairman, Finance Committee; and Chairman, Marketing Committee.  I am a member of the firm's Business Law and Trusts and Estates Departments.  In addition, I have served, and continue to serve, in a number of sub-Departmental practice groups.

 

I am a member of the Connecticut and Massachusetts Bars and am a member of the Massachusetts, Connecticut and Hartford County Bar Associations.  I also am a member of the Business, Probate and Elder Law Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association and participate in the web-based discussion group of the Probate Section. 

 

I am rated “AV,” the highest rating, in the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory and have been elected a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s James W. Cooper Fellows Program, which according to its publications is “by invitation and is evidence of professional distinction.” 

 

This is what the Martindale-Hubbell rating service says about its highest rating:  “An AV® rating is a significant accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. …. Knowledge and skill derived from extensive experience are usually prerequisites for an AV Peer Review Rating. The standard of excellence is determined by the lawyers practicing in that particular Bar.”  You can find out more about these ratings at www.martindale.com/xp/Martindale/Peer_Review_Ratings/ratings_faqs.xml.

 

 

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

 

Chairman, The McLean Fund (Simsbury). 

The eight Trustees, appointed under the Will of Senator George P. McLean and accountable to the Simsbury Probate Court, operate the McLean Home and the McLean Village (both in Simsbury) and the 4,200-acre McLean Game Refuge (in Granby and Simsbury).  I am Chairman of the Game Refuge Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.  I previously served as Chairman of the Joint Conference Committee and as a Member of the Medical Ethics Committee.

 

Member of the Board of Directors (and former President), Granby Land Trust, Inc. 

Over the years, I have been involved in most of the Land Trust’s major land acquisitions.  In addition, I have helped the Land Trust raise a substantial (but of course still insufficient) endowment, which is managed by The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.  My principal role is land acquisition.  The organization hums with energy and I am proud to be involved with it.

 

Member, Granby Planning and Zoning Commission (1973-Present).

 

Member, Town of Granby Open Space Committee.

This is a committee appointed by the Selectmen to formulate an open space policy for the Town and to recommend specific acquisition targets and potential funding sources.

 

Member, Advisory Committee, Greater Hartford Heritage Readiness Project.

A joint venture of the Hartford Foundation of Public Giving and the New Britain Foundation, this Project seeks to coordinate the cultural attractions of central Connecticut.

 

“Convenor” (a role equivalent to that of chairman), The Twilight Club (Hartford). 

The nineteen members of the Club, founded in the late nineteenth century, meet each month, except in the summer, to read papers and discuss their implications.  My papers to date have been on Hadley chests, human consciousness, early Russian exploration of Alaska, the massacre near Sitkalidak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, the development of New York and Boston “leather” chairs in the late 17th and early 18th Centuries, Charles II’s mistresses and a controversial “habitat restoration” project of the McLean Game Refuge.

 

Life Member, Board of Visitors, the Mortensen Library of the University of Hartford.

 

Occasional Contributor, Granby Drummer, a weekly newspaper.

 

Member, New York Council of the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

 

 

PRIOR CIVIC ACTIVITIES

 

Selectman (Town of Granby) – two terms (1970-1973).

 

Vice-Chairman, The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, Inc.

Chairman, Land Acquisition Committee. 

In 2001, I rotated off of the Board having served the maximum 10-year term.

 

Trustee, The Connecticut Historical Society.

Secretary and Member of the Executive Committee and the Museum Committee.

In 2001, I rotated off of the Board having served the maximum 6-year term.  I remain as a member of the Museum Committee.

 

Elector, The Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford).

 

Co-Founder, Chairman and member of the Selection [grant-making] Committee, Alaska Fund for the Future (“AFF”). 

AFF -- which now has been merged into the Alaska Conservation Foundation, that State’s premier environmental grant-making organization -- supported environmental and Native American projects in Alaska.  Over the years, we raised and gave away over $1,000,000 and, as a final gift, created and endowed a coastal marine internship endowment.

 

Member, Executive Committee, Section on Environmental Quality, Connecticut Bar Association. 

In that capacity, I helped with the drafting of Connecticut's inland wetlands statute.  In addition, I have spoken about that statute for the Farmington River Watershed Association and on WTIC radio. Co-author of a study of Connecticut land use law that was published by the United States Senate.

 

Director, Farmington River Watershed Association (Avon).

 

Director, Talcott Mountain Forest Protection Association (Simsbury).

 

Member, Management Committee, The Messenger Preserve (West Granby).

This is a 140-acre parcel now owned by The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, Inc., subsequently transferred to the McLean Fund for incorporation into the Game Refuge.


Member, the Holcomb Estate Advisory Committee.  Until mid-1993, we met weekly to inventory and propose uses for a 370-acre parcel of land recently acquired by the Town of Granby, a part of which abuts the McLean Game Refuge.  In May, 1993, we submitted a comprehensive proposal to the Selectmen for the use of the Holcomb Farm.  Since then, my wife Nannie and I have remained active in the affairs of Holcomb Farm Environmental and Learning Center, Inc. and its “sister” operation, a community supported agriculture farm (“CSA”) operated on the land by Hartford Food System, Inc.

 

Panelist, “Forest Land Symposium,”

Held on March 1, 2001.  The symposium was sponsored by the Institute of Cultural Landscape Studies, a department of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain, MA and the proceedings of that day are available on the Arboretum’s web site.


Trustee, Hartford Camerata Conservatory (Hartford)

Member, Executive Committee.

 

Trustee, The American Life Foundation (Glens Falls, NY).

 

Moderator, Granby Town Meetings and Referenda.

 

 

INTERESTS AND HOBBIES

 

American decorative arts – American antiques, especially New England furniture of the seventeenth century, have long fascinated me.  Recently, I worked on the catalogue for a Hadley Chest exhibition that traveled from New York City, then to the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford and finally to Deerfield.  I also co-authored an article on William & Mary “leather” chairs of New York and Boston for the 1998 edition of American Furniture, the major journal of the field, and have lectured on related topics at Winterthur Museum in Delaware, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Springfield Library and Museum Association, the Georgian Club and Yale University.

 

Alaska – My many trips to Alaska, participation on the Steering and Selection Committees of the Alaska Fund for the Future and on the New York Council of the Alaska Conservation Foundation and extensive reading on Alaska history and environmental issues have created a deep interest in the issues of that State.  Most satisfying has been the working with Native people (Aleuts for the most part) on cultural and environmental issues of concern to them.  My activities have included coordination of efforts to collect books for the library in the Native village of Old Harbor, located on the south side of Kodiak Island.  Support groups grew up in such diverse places as Hartford, New York City, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles and the program has been written up in The New York Times.

 

Archaeology – In 1992, following a month-long stay in Alaska in 1991, I participated with seven others in a two-and-one-half week dig on a "refuge rock" off Sitkalidak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, sponsored by the Kodiak Area Native Association and covered by the National Geographic. In 1993, I returned to a "wet site" on Afognak Island, just north of Kodiak Island.  More recently, I have been working with a group of divers in England who are recovering “Russia” leather from a 1786 wreck of the Danish ship, Die Frau Metta Catharina.   This project and my involvement in it have been written up in The New York Times, The Hartford Courant, the Litchfield County Times,  the Granby Drummer and various museum publications.

 

Swimming – I was a member of the four-time state and two-time national champion New Trier High School swimming team and the four-time New England intercollegiate champion Williams College team.  I now swim (but less often than I should!) at the YMCA pool in Granby.

 

Sailing – A life-long sailor, I have participated in numerous local and international one-design and offshore races, including two winning America's Cup campaigns in 1964 and 1967 on Constellation and Intrepid.

 

Singing – From 1975 through 1995, I was a member of the chorus of The Simsbury Light Opera Company.  I also served two terms on the Board of that organization.