Brown County Judge William Duffy in 1991.
Retired Brown County Judge William Duffy, known as much for his gentle, compassionate demeanor on the bench as for his political activism and Irish fiddle-playing off the bench, died this week. He was 96.
"He was a man of great integrity and probably one of the kindest and gentlest human beings I have ever had the privilege of knowing," Brown County Circuit Judge Donald Zuidmulder said. "He was especially attuned to the average man and woman, and he went out of his way to be sure his courtroom was the people's court. I learned much from him, and as a judge, I hope to live up to his standard."