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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 11, 2019

Former Memphis judge Morgan Carrington Fowler died July 20 at age 96. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Fowler served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following the war, he practiced law in Memphis, and in 1963, was appointed to the Shelby County General Sessions Court. He subsequently won two elections to the post and was elected president of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges’ Association. Though not deaf himself, Fowler was active in the deaf community, coaching deaf recreational basketball and softball teams, teaching sign language and serving as chair of the Interpreting Service for the Deaf. On the bench, his goal was to ensure that people’s first encounter with the law was a proper, fair and respectful one. Those who knew him said that is why he never pursued a higher court. A private service will be held at a later date. Dignity Memorial has the full obituary.