The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 13, 2013

Dr. Robert S. Brooks


—   Dr. Robert Scott Brooks of North Mankato, MN passed away on Wednesday April 10, 2013 at the Ecumen Prairie Hill Home in St. Peter, MN. He was 84 years old and was suffering from Alzheimer's Dementia. He died peacefully of natural causes. Memorial Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

  Bob was preceded in death by his late wife Priscilla Jane (Walker) Brooks, his father, Myron DeWitt Brooks, his mother Nell Janet (Scott) Brooks his uncle Lloyd Scott and a niece Lisa Brooks. He is survived by his older brother Bud Brooks of Seattle and a nephew, Tom Brooks also of Seattle, three children;  Alice A. Musburger (James) of Litchfield, MN, a son Mark A. Brooks (Linda Brown) of Mankato and a son, John S. Brooks (Judi) of North Mankato, MN. There are also seven grandchildren; Ben J. Musburger, Sarah A, (Musburger) Garcia, Zachary R Brooks, Karen A. (Michael) Gorman, Jeffery S. Brooks, Alex P. Brooks, Johnathan R. Brooks and three great grandchildren which are Penelopy Gorman, Sawyer Gorman and Jimmi Aline Garcia.

  Bob was born on July 17, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in Mission, Kansas and graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1946. After graduation he enlisted in The  United States Marine Corps and served until July 1948.  He attended Northwestern University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He then received his Masters Degree and Doctorate in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Kansas University.

  Bob worked at a school for disabled children in Salina, Kansas for many years while commuting and working on his college degrees. He then worked as an assistant professor at Kansas State University from 1965-1969 before moving to Minnesota where he was a full professor at Minnesota State University Mankato from 1969-1993, where he retired at the age of 65. After retirement he and his wife Priscilla moved to Madeira Beach, Florida.  They lived in Madeira Beach until July 2011 when Priscilla passed away. After her death, Bob moved back to Mankato and then to St. Peter until his death.

  As a boy he was very close to his brother and everywhere they went they were usually accompanied by their dog Rip. In high school Bob was an outstanding student and a stellar athlete competing in football and track. In the military he served on Guam and Pelilu and was in the Military Honor Guard for the White House during the term of President Eisenhower. He was chairman of his department while at Mankato State and was instrumental in elevating the department and gaining national accreditation for the speech program.  He developed the highly regarded On Campus Speech and Hearing Clinic.  He also served a term as interim Dean.

  Bob was active in the Mankato Sertoma Club serving as president and was a lifelong member. He was active in church and served as a deacon for several years at the First Presbyterian Church of Mankato. He was also an active, contributing alum to Ottawa University and to his beloved Kansas University.  He was a true Kansas Jayhawk. He also was a board member and president of the Madeira Beach Yacht Club.

  Bob was a quiet, humble man who exercised great leadership skills. He was diligent and passionate as a professor and dedicated himself to the students he taught.  He loved challenges, football, auto racing, technology, computers, photography and big band music. He was a kind, wise father who led by example. He was a devoted husband who loved his soul mate, Priscilla, with all his heart. He lived for the day when he could be reunited with her. Bob was a model person in every way; kind, giving, supportive, understanding, caring and forgiving. We will miss our grandfather, father, mentor, teacher and friend.