Howard B. Brown Jr. ’73, former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Banking, recently announced his formal retirement from the practice of law. After graduating from law school, Brown worked at The Hartford Insurance Group, where he was the first attorney of color to be hired by the company and where he reached the position of associate counsel. He then served as deputy banking commissioner before becoming commissioner in 1985. He was elected chair of the Federal Bank Legislation Committee by the national organization of bank regulators and was honored at the White House. He subsequently worked as a vice president of Kidder Peabody, co-founded the investment banking firm Community Reinvestment Associates, and served as senior counsel with Bush & Miller in Atlanta. He also taught as an adjunct professor of Business Law at Morehouse College, his alma mater.