Chauncey Brooks Marketing executive

March 11, 1991

Services for Chauncey Brooks Jr., a retired marketing executive and member of an old Baltimore family, will be at 4 p.m. today at St. Luke's Chapel in Queenstown.

Mr. Brooks, who retired 15 years ago as manager of marketing and special assistant to the president of Tracor Inc. in Washington, died of heart disease Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 76.

Born in Baltimore, he was a descendant of the 1850s president of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad whose Cloverdale estate overlooking Druid Hill Park was carved up in the late 19th century for housing developments and streets, including Chauncey Avenue and Brooks Lane.

Mr. Brooks attended the McDonogh School and St. John's College in Annapolis before receiving his undergraduate degree in forestry engineering and management from the University of Georgia in 1938.

Over a period of 40 years, he held diverse jobs, starting as a forestry engineer with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service from 1936 to 1937.

He held a management position with the Hearst Corp. in Baltimore from 1938 to 1942, when his career was interrupted by service in World War II.

He was a task force commander of the 4th Armored Division of Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army, receiving two purple hearts and a presidential citation before his discharge as a colonel in 1946.

Returning to Baltimore, he operated the Brooks & Matthews and Brooks & Co. merchandising and advertising firms until 1952. Over the next decade, he held a series of management jobs with firms in Union City, Pa., Louisville, Ky., Annapolis and Washington.

In 1963, he moved to Lake Worth, Fla., where he opened and operated a boatyard. He returned to Washington in 1966 to join Tracor Inc.

He retired in 1976 to live on his boat and moved to Queenstown to work on the restoration of Bowlingly, a house built in 1733, in which he made his home.

Mr. Brooks was a longtime member of the Annapolitan Club, and he was a former member of the Gibson Island Club and the Indiantown Yacht Club in Florida.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Kathleen M. Vinup; two sons, Frederick Vinup Brooks of Chicago and Chauncey Brooks III of Annapolis; a daughter, Belle Brooks O'Brien of Queenstown; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department, Queenstown, Md. 21658.

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