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Philip A. Morehouse, 93, Veteran, Probate Judge

DARIEN, Conn. – Philip Abbe Morehouse, a World War II veteran and retired Darien  probate judge, died Oct. 26 in Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. The lifelong Darien resident was 93 years old. He was was born on July 12, 1918, in Darien. He was descended from Thomas Morehouse, who in 1641 settled in Middlesex Parish, the original part of Stamford which later became the Town of Darien. He attended Darien Public Schools and graduated from Darien High School in 1936. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a commission as a second lieutenant in the infantry. He entered the Army in July, 1940, and was assigned to the 18th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division – known as the "Big Red One."  After the war, Morehouse entered the Law School of the University of Connecticut and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1948. He practiced law with Walton Clark Jr., then Darien's probate judge. In 1950, he joined the law firm of Cummings and Lockwood in its Darien office until he resigned in 1980. He was elected probate judge for the District of Darien and served in that position until 1988. He served in the Army Reserves as a judge advocate of the 76th Infantry Division in Hartford until 1961, when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Morehouse belonged to several organizations, including the First Congregational Church of Darien, Kiwanis Club of Darien, Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission, 150th Anniversary of the Town of Darien Committee, First Infantry Division Foundation, Spring Grove Cemetery Association, Senior Men's Association, Darien Housing Authority, Middlesex Genealogical Society, Darien Free Library Association, Post 6933 VFW, Sons of the American Revolution, Connecticut Society of Mayflower Descendants, American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. He was predeceased by his second wife, Elizabeth H. Morehouse. His first wife, Cynthia Storrs Morehouse, died in 1993. They had been married 53 years. His sister, Mary Morehouse Sessa, died in 1988. His brother, Capt. Alan Randolph Morehouse, was killed in action on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. He is survived by his daughter, Louise M. Houk and her husband, Stephen, of Litchfield, Conn.; his son, William Storrs Morehouse and his wife, Polly, of Darien; six grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Darien on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Darien (DHS Scholarship Fund), P. O. Box 43, Darien, CT 06820. The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To leave an online condolence, visit www.lawrencefuneralhome.com .

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