Cyril F. Brickfield, 78, who led the American Association...


March 17, 1997

Cyril F. Brickfield, 78, who led the American Association of Retired Persons for 20 years as it grew into a major advocacy group, died Saturday at Suburban Hospital near his home in Bethesda after a battle with cancer.

He took the AARP helm in 1967, when the organization of Americans 50 and older had 1 million members. When he retired in 1987, it had 28 million members.

As executive director, he instituted many of the federal and state lobbying programs that have made the AARP an influential advocate on matters affecting older Americans.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; two children; and a grandchild.

Pub Date: 3/17/97

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