Douglas N. Brooks, 79, businessman, consultant Douglas...

October 27, 2001

Douglas N. Brooks, 79, businessman, consultant

Douglas N. Brooks, a businessman, consultant and former chief executive officer of Neptune Eastech, which makes meters used to measure liquid flow through pipelines, died Oct. 19 of a stroke at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

He was 79 and lived in Timonium.

Mr. Brooks retired in 1979 from Neptune Eastech, an instrumentation company he had acquired earlier in the decade.

Earlier, he had been CEO of Brooks Instrument in Hatfield, Pa., also an instrumentation manufacturer, which he sold in 1970. Until his death, he remained a consultant to small and medium-size manufacturers of flow meters.

FOR THE RECORD - Donald J. Coleman Sr.: An obituary for Donald James Coleman Sr. published in Saturday's editions of The Sun omitted the name of a survivor. He also is survived by his mother, Geraldine Boone of Baltimore. The Sun regrets the error.

His professional memberships included the Instrument Society of America and Cryogenic Society of America, and he was a former member of the board of Tiffany and Co. and Continental Bank in New York.

Born and raised in Westchester County, N.Y., he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also was a 1943 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He served as a Marine Corps and Navy training instructor during World War II.

Mr. Brooks was a member of the Towson Elks, and enjoyed golfing and wine collecting.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, where Mr. Brooks was a member.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Marcia Hoffman; a son, Theodore Brooks of Bucks County, Pa.; two daughters, Stephanie Dains of San Francisco and Cheryl Antonnacio of Bucks County, Pa.; two stepsons, Christopher Easton and Richard Easton, both of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

His family suggested memorial donations be made to Towson Unitarian Universalist Church.

Donald J. Coleman Sr., 67, paint store owner, veteran

Donald James Coleman Sr., a retired maintenance engineer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and former paint store owner, died Oct. 19 of a heart attack at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He was 67.

A longtime resident of Northwest Baltimore, Mr. Coleman moved to Nashville last year after retiring from his job of five years as a maintenance engineer at the aquarium.

Mr. Coleman, a city native, attended Frederick Douglass High School and earned his GED while serving in the Army during the Korean War.

He saw combat in Korea as a member of the 101st Airborne Division and was discharged in 1954 with the rank of sergeant.

He worked briefly as a bus driver for the Baltimore Transit Co. before entering the paint industry. He owned and operated the J&P Paint Center in Baltimore and worked for the Reynolds Paint Co. as a colorist.

He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a member for many years of Douglas Memorial Community Church at Lafayette and Madison avenues, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Tamara Elise Gaither; two sons, Donald James Coleman Jr. of Baltimore and Darryl Tyrone Clapp of Randallstown; and nine grandchildren.

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