Lucien B. Brooks, 88

Instrument salesman

October 26, 2006

Lucien Boucher Brooks, a retired weather instrument salesman, died of heart disease Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Anneslie resident was 88.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1935 Polytechnic Institute graduate who attended the Johns Hopkins University.

In the 1930s, he became a production assistant at the old Belfort Observatory of the Julien P. Friez & Sons scientific instrument company at Baltimore Street and Central Avenue. Mr. Brooks remained with the firm and retired about 30 years ago from what had become a division of Bendix Aviation.

Mr. Brooks restored vintage Volkswagen Beetles and maintained and sailed a boat in Sue Creek.

He was also an American Red Cross volunteer who picked up and delivered blood supplies, and he prepared income tax returns for senior citizens.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6432 York Road in Rodgers Forge, where he was a member and usher.

He is survived by his wife of nearly two years, Ellie Pape Brooks. His first wife of 61 years, the former Mary Louise "Polly" Hiss, died in 2003. Other survivors include four daughters, Elizabeth Yearley Brooks of Towson, Jean Christopher Hartzell of Baltimore, Margaret Riley Brooks of Martinez, Calif., and Catherine Brooks O'Keefe of Bellingham, Wash.; a sister, Mary Josephine Peters of Ann Arbor, Mich.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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