Brooks, college official, dies

S. A.

April 30, 1991

Services for Stewart A. Brooks, a retired professor who coached Morgan State University's first swimming team and rose in the administration to become assistant to the president, will be held at noon tomorrow at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.

Mr. Brooks, 68, died of cancer April 23 at his home in Cockeysville. He had been in poor health for several years.

Born in Washington, he was a natural athlete who played high school football and basketball and ran track.

He was an avid swimmer who enjoyed coaching, teaching water safety and kinesiology.

In 1952, when he was appointed assistant professor of health and physical education at Morgan State, Mr. Brooks helped found the school's first swimming team. He was proud that all members of his swimming teams graduated from college.

He won a football and basketball scholarship to Virginia State College in 1940 but transferred to Howard University to be close to home during the beginning of World War II. In 1942, he left college to join the all-black 366th Infantry Regiment at Fort Devens, Mass.

After he was discharged, Mr. Brooks returned to Howard University and graduated in 1948. He received a master's degree in health and physical education from Springfield College four years later and was recruited by Morgan State.

His first team won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship in 1955. Two years later, the varsity swim squad won asecond CIAA championship.

Mr. Brooks also taught swimming at the 12th Street YMCA in Washington.

In 1961, he took a sabbatical from coaching to write his doctoral dissertation. Four years later, he was named assistant to Dr. Martin Jenkins, Morgan's president at the time. He also served as director of development before his retirement in June 1982.

Described by one sports reporter as a man "who lives for swimming the way some people live to eat," Mr. Brooks always promoted college athletics, especially swimming. He helped strengthen the athletic curriculum by building new facilities during the 1970s.

He is survived by his wife of two years, Linda Lanier of Salisbury; a son from his first marriage, Stewart A. Brooks Jr. of Baltimore; and his stepson, Bernard Lanier of Philadelphia.

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