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 Howard Calvin Bratton

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Howard Calvin Bratton

Birth
Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico, USA
Death
5 May 2002 (aged 80)
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Burial
Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Plot
25 0 256
Memorial ID
17483263 View Source

Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Wednesday, May 8, 2002, page C15

BRATTON - Howard C. Bratton, 80, a native of New Mexico and resident of Albuquerque, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2002 after a long illness. Howard was a retired United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Frances; his son, Sam G. Bratton and wife, Paula and children, Catherine and Andrew of Tulsa, OK; his daughters, Kay Bratton and her children, Rachel and Hallie and Jean Hollowwa and husband, Christopher and their daughter, Taylor; a niece, Carolyn Parrish and her daughter, Valerie, all of Albuquerque; a nephew, William Pickens and wife, Monica and their children, Rena and Brian of San Diego, CA. Judge Bratton was born in 1922 in Clovis, NM where his father Sam Bratton was a State District Court Judge. In that same year, Sam Bratton was elected Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, and the family moved to Santa Fe. In 1924, Sam Bratton was elected to the United States Senate, and the family began dividing their time between Washington, DC and their home in Albuquerque. In his second term, Senator Bratton was appointed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the Bratton family took up permanent residence in Albuquerque. Howard Bratton was appointed to the Federal District Court by President Lyndon Johnson and assumed that office in Albuquerque on March 31, 1964. He served as an active District Judge until February of 1987, and was Chief Judge of the district from 1978 until 1987, when he took senior status. As senior judge, he moved with his wife from Albuquerque to Las Cruces and continued to sit as a federal judge, trying federal civil and criminal cases arising in that area until March of 2000, when due to failing health, he took disability retirement. His wife and he returned to Albuquerque in January of 2001 for medical reasons and were residents of Albuquerque at the time of his death. Judge Bratton attended grade and junior high school in Albuquerque and then enrolled at New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, NM. He graduated from there at age 15 and enrolled in the University of New Mexico, where he graduated in June of 1941. That fall he attended Yale Law School, but left after one semester to enlist in February of 1942 in the U.S. Army following American's entry into World War II. He attended officers training school and was sent to England as an ordinance officer. His company was attached to the Third Army and he served under General George Patton in France and Germany. At the end of his term of service in November 1945, he held the rank of Captain. Following the war he returned to Yale Law School and was awarded a law degree in 1947. He was admitted to the bar in New Mexico in 1948 and practiced in the firm of Grantham and Bratton, also serving as Special United States Attorney in charge of litigation for the Office of Price Stabilization. In 1952, he moved with his family to Roswell, NM where he practiced oil and gas law as an associate and then partner in the firm of Hinkle, Bondurant, Bratton and Christy, returning to Albuquerque in 1964 to assume his duties as a U.S. District Judge. As a practicing lawyer he was Chairman of New Mexico Junior Bar Association (1952); President, Chavez County (NM) Bar Association (1962); Chairman Public Lands Committee of New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (1961-1964); Chairman Public Lands Committee of Interstate Oil Compact Commission (1963-1964); Member of New Mexico Commission on Higher Education (1962-1964); Member Board of Regents University of New Mexico (1958-1968) and President of Board of Regents (1963-1964). As a federal judge, he was first appointed by Chief Justice Earl Warren to the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on the Operation of the Jury System (1966-1972), and was later reappointed to that committee by Chief Justice Warren Burger, for a further term (1978-1987), serving a total of 15 years. Chief Justice Burger also appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center for a 5-year term from 1982 to 1987. Under Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, he served as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Financial Disclosure (1987-1992); as a member of the Judicial Conference Ad Hoc Committee on International Judicial Relations (1992-1994); and as a member of the Judicial Conference Subcommittee on Pattern Jury Instructions (1987-1992). Bratton was a member of the Tenth Circuit Trial Judges Association and its President (1976-1978). He was a member of the National Conference of Trial Judges and on its Executive Committee (1977-1979). He also was a member of the Federal Judges Association. He was the Tenth Circuit District Judge Representative to the Judicial Conference of the United States (1977-1982). He was a past member of the American Bar Association, the Albuquerque Lawyers' Club, the Chavez County Bar Association and the Dona Ana Bar Association. He was a member of the State Bar of New Mexico at the time of his death. Honors conferred upon Judge Bratton by the State Bar of New Mexico included Judge of the Year (1981); Outstanding Judicial Service Award (1987); Distinguished Judicial Service Award (1992); and the Professionalism Award (1994). The New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association honored him with an Award for Dedication to the Advancement of Law (1987) and the Albuquerque Bar Association named him Outstanding Judge (1987). An honorary Doctorate of Law was conferred upon Bratton by the University of New Mexico in 1971, and the University of New Mexico School of Law gave him its Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Bratton was honored with an Award of excellence for his outstanding record as a jurist by Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation in 1987, and was chosen a "Significant Sig" by the national organization of Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1998. He was a member of the Albuquerque Country Club from 1964 to 1988, and rejoined the club upon his return to Albuquerque in 2001. A private service and interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Anyone wishing to honor Judge Bratton's memory may make donations to the New Mexico Cancer Foundation, 4901 Lang NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 or to the Bratton Hall Fund, University of New Mexico School of Law, 1117 Stanford SE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1431. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Wednesday, May 8, 2002, page C15

BRATTON - Howard C. Bratton, 80, a native of New Mexico and resident of Albuquerque, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2002 after a long illness. Howard was a retired United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Frances; his son, Sam G. Bratton and wife, Paula and children, Catherine and Andrew of Tulsa, OK; his daughters, Kay Bratton and her children, Rachel and Hallie and Jean Hollowwa and husband, Christopher and their daughter, Taylor; a niece, Carolyn Parrish and her daughter, Valerie, all of Albuquerque; a nephew, William Pickens and wife, Monica and their children, Rena and Brian of San Diego, CA. Judge Bratton was born in 1922 in Clovis, NM where his father Sam Bratton was a State District Court Judge. In that same year, Sam Bratton was elected Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, and the family moved to Santa Fe. In 1924, Sam Bratton was elected to the United States Senate, and the family began dividing their time between Washington, DC and their home in Albuquerque. In his second term, Senator Bratton was appointed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the Bratton family took up permanent residence in Albuquerque. Howard Bratton was appointed to the Federal District Court by President Lyndon Johnson and assumed that office in Albuquerque on March 31, 1964. He served as an active District Judge until February of 1987, and was Chief Judge of the district from 1978 until 1987, when he took senior status. As senior judge, he moved with his wife from Albuquerque to Las Cruces and continued to sit as a federal judge, trying federal civil and criminal cases arising in that area until March of 2000, when due to failing health, he took disability retirement. His wife and he returned to Albuquerque in January of 2001 for medical reasons and were residents of Albuquerque at the time of his death. Judge Bratton attended grade and junior high school in Albuquerque and then enrolled at New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, NM. He graduated from there at age 15 and enrolled in the University of New Mexico, where he graduated in June of 1941. That fall he attended Yale Law School, but left after one semester to enlist in February of 1942 in the U.S. Army following American's entry into World War II. He attended officers training school and was sent to England as an ordinance officer. His company was attached to the Third Army and he served under General George Patton in France and Germany. At the end of his term of service in November 1945, he held the rank of Captain. Following the war he returned to Yale Law School and was awarded a law degree in 1947. He was admitted to the bar in New Mexico in 1948 and practiced in the firm of Grantham and Bratton, also serving as Special United States Attorney in charge of litigation for the Office of Price Stabilization. In 1952, he moved with his family to Roswell, NM where he practiced oil and gas law as an associate and then partner in the firm of Hinkle, Bondurant, Bratton and Christy, returning to Albuquerque in 1964 to assume his duties as a U.S. District Judge. As a practicing lawyer he was Chairman of New Mexico Junior Bar Association (1952); President, Chavez County (NM) Bar Association (1962); Chairman Public Lands Committee of New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (1961-1964); Chairman Public Lands Committee of Interstate Oil Compact Commission (1963-1964); Member of New Mexico Commission on Higher Education (1962-1964); Member Board of Regents University of New Mexico (1958-1968) and President of Board of Regents (1963-1964). As a federal judge, he was first appointed by Chief Justice Earl Warren to the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on the Operation of the Jury System (1966-1972), and was later reappointed to that committee by Chief Justice Warren Burger, for a further term (1978-1987), serving a total of 15 years. Chief Justice Burger also appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center for a 5-year term from 1982 to 1987. Under Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, he served as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Financial Disclosure (1987-1992); as a member of the Judicial Conference Ad Hoc Committee on International Judicial Relations (1992-1994); and as a member of the Judicial Conference Subcommittee on Pattern Jury Instructions (1987-1992). Bratton was a member of the Tenth Circuit Trial Judges Association and its President (1976-1978). He was a member of the National Conference of Trial Judges and on its Executive Committee (1977-1979). He also was a member of the Federal Judges Association. He was the Tenth Circuit District Judge Representative to the Judicial Conference of the United States (1977-1982). He was a past member of the American Bar Association, the Albuquerque Lawyers' Club, the Chavez County Bar Association and the Dona Ana Bar Association. He was a member of the State Bar of New Mexico at the time of his death. Honors conferred upon Judge Bratton by the State Bar of New Mexico included Judge of the Year (1981); Outstanding Judicial Service Award (1987); Distinguished Judicial Service Award (1992); and the Professionalism Award (1994). The New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association honored him with an Award for Dedication to the Advancement of Law (1987) and the Albuquerque Bar Association named him Outstanding Judge (1987). An honorary Doctorate of Law was conferred upon Bratton by the University of New Mexico in 1971, and the University of New Mexico School of Law gave him its Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Bratton was honored with an Award of excellence for his outstanding record as a jurist by Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation in 1987, and was chosen a "Significant Sig" by the national organization of Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1998. He was a member of the Albuquerque Country Club from 1964 to 1988, and rejoined the club upon his return to Albuquerque in 2001. A private service and interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Anyone wishing to honor Judge Bratton's memory may make donations to the New Mexico Cancer Foundation, 4901 Lang NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 or to the Bratton Hall Fund, University of New Mexico School of Law, 1117 Stanford SE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1431. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

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