Lansing Lawyer Finds Portrait of Dad in Detroit

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Lansing lawyer knew for more than 50 years that an oil painting of his father was on a University of Detroit Mercy Law School wall.

But the Lansing State Journal reports that it wasn't until last month that 85-year-old Richard Brake traveled to Detroit to see the portrait of his father, Merle Brake. The elder Brake was a longtime professor at the law school and served as its acting dean from 1941 to 1946.

Brake's portrait was commissioned in 1960. He died in 1974 at age 82.

Richard Brake's daughter, Sheila Brake, says her grandparents attended the portrait's unveiling, but other family members had never seen it for a variety of reasons, so they decided it was time to take her parents to see it.

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