John H. Brooks Sr., 82, partner in brokerage firm

September 14, 2005

John H. Brooks Sr., who had been a partner and senior vice president of a Baltimore insurance brokerage founded by his grandfather, died of respiratory failure Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The former Guilford resident was 82.

Mr. Brooks was born in Baltimore and raised on Melrose Avenue. He was a 1941 graduate of Boys' Latin School and enrolled at Washington and Lee University. His studies were interrupted by enlistment in 1943 in the Navy, and he served as a storekeeper aboard vessels in the South Atlantic.

In 1946, he began his insurance career at Maryland Casualty Co., and two years later joined Tongue, Brooks & Co., which had been established in 1898 by his grandfather. He retired in 1988 from the business, which was later sold.

Mr. Brooks had served as president of the Arthritis Foundation of Maryland and on the board of the National Arthritis Foundation. He had also served as president of the Guilford Association and was instrumental in the restoration of Sherwood Gardens.

In 1988, he and his wife, the former Edith Boggs, moved to Cambridge, where they purchased and restored a home overlooking Gary's Creek.

For several years, Mr. Brooks was a partner in Eagle Farms, a Cambridge business that raised striped bass.

He enjoyed fishing, waterfowl hunting and golf and was a member of the Cambridge Yacht Club and Dorchester County Historical Society.

He was a member of the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington, where a memorial Mass was offered yesterday.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, surviving are four sons, John H. Brooks Jr. and Thomas B. Brooks, both of Sparks, Peter R. Brooks of Chesapeake Beach and Christopher H. Brooks of Centreville, Va.; three daughters, Augusta V. Brooks of Towson, Edith B. Fales of Cody, Wyo., and Jesse L.H. Brooks-Manuel of Timonium; three brothers, F. Rodgers Brooks of Timonium, Frank C. Brooks of Baltimore and Harvey S. Brooks of Cape May, N.J.; and 18 grandchildren.

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