William Gill Brooks, 77, banker, business manager

June 16, 2005

William Gill Brooks, a retired banker and business manager for private schools, died of renal failure Monday at his Rockland home in Baltimore County. The former Ruxton resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Melrose Avenue, he was a 1945 graduate of Boys' Latin School. He attended Washington and Lee University and graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

After work in New York City with W.E. Hutton & Co., he joined Maryland National Bank and retired in 1972 as vice president of its national division. He was then business manager of Boys' Latin and later St. Paul's School for Girls, where he retired in 1989.

He had been a vice chairman of the old Community Chest and served on the boards of the Maryland School for the Blind and the United Service Organization.

Mr. Brooks had been a captain in the Army Reserve and served in the Maryland National Guard.

He was a member of the Elkridge Club and the Bachelors Cotillon.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Smith and Greely avenues.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Jean Wright; a son, W. Gill Brooks Jr. of Maui, Hawaii; four daughters, Dorothy B. Laufman of Annapolis, and Roddy Brooks Cole, Chance Brooks Allen and Tracey Brooks Clarkson, all of Portsmouth, N.H.; four brothers, F. Rodgers Brooks, John H. Brooks and Frank C. Brooks, all of Baltimore, and Harvey S. Brooks of Cape May, N.J.; and 12 grandchildren.

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