Bruce D. Cornbrooks, 53, insurance executive

October 05, 2002

Bruce D. Cornbrooks, an insurance executive and consultant, died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in the Orchards section of North Baltimore. He was 53.

Mr. Corn- brooks was born in Baltimore and raised in Pinehurst. He was a 1967 graduate of St. Paul's School, where he was captain of the football team. He also was co-captain of the school's varsity lacrosse team, which had been Maryland Scholastic Association state champion in 1967.

He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., where he helped establish the lacrosse team and later was its captain.

Mr. Cornbrooks, who was an expert in life science and biotechnology insurance, began his career as a founder of Donohue Associates Inc., an independent Baltimore insurance agency.

He later was a senior vice president at Herget Risk Management Inc. and in recent years was a vice president at Willis Corroon of Maryland Inc. in Hunt Valley. Since July, he had been a consultant working for Human Genome Sciences of Rockville.

Mr. Cornbrooks, who had a lifelong interest in athletics, enjoyed coaching boys and girls soccer and lacrosse for the Towsontown Recreation Council for more than 25 years.

He also enjoyed playing tennis.

Mr. Cornbrooks had been president and a member of the board of Baltimore Youth Hockey. He was a member of the L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton, where he had served on several committees.

He also was president of the St. Paul's School Alumni Association, a member of the finance committee of the Irvine Nature Center and president of the Neighborhood Cultural Arts Institute.

Mr. Cornbrooks attended Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Nancy Gebelein; two sons, David S. Cornbrooks and Peter G. Cornbrooks, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Mary C. Cornbrooks of Baltimore; his mother, Jane D. Cornbrooks of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; and two brothers, Dr. Carson J. Cornbrooks of Burlington, Vt., and Gary S. Cornbrooks of Wilton, Conn.

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