BRADY, JAMES CORNELIUS (1919~2004) Justice James Cornelius ?Jim? Brady, state appellate judge, was born on September 3, 1919, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Neal and Mabel Brady, who where pharmacists and owners of a drug store.
Brady earned a scholarship to Grinnell College and graduated from Drake Law School in 1942. He then practiced law for two years before entering the army to serve in World War II. He served at the Army War College, at the Pentagon and as a military intelligence (CIC) officer at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
After passing the Texas Bar in 1946, Brady went to work as an assistant district attorney for Bexar County. In 1949, he entered private practice in San Antonio, and later practiced law in Houston until 1979 when he moved to Austin.
In September 1982 Governor William P. Clements appointed Brady to the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin and he won election to the court in 1983. He resigned from the court in 1988 to enter private practice.
Justice Brady served the community in various capacities; he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a life member of the Texas Lions League for Crippled Children, former chief justice of the national legal fraternity Delta Theta Phi, member of the American Judicature Society, vice-president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and past president of the Sierra Club, Austin. He also chaired the State Bar Committee to Aid Local Bar Associations.
Justice Brady was married to the former Shari Marie Shurmon for 35 years and was the father of eight children, Michael, Patricia, Venay, Marissa, Theresa, Bridget, Jimmy, and Shari Ann. Justice passed away on February 17, 2004, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery two days later.
Information taken from: obituary, Austin American-Statesman, February 22, 2004.