Brooks, Robert "Bob" (March 26, 1925 - December 2, 2013) 88, died on Monday, December 2 Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, Illinois. He was born in New Jersey on March 26, 1925 to Marguerite and Clifford Brooks. Upon leaving high school, Bob joined the Air Force where he graduated second in his flight school class, and remained in the Air Force until late 1945. In November 1952 be married Jeanne Hebert of Cloquet, Minnesota who was his beloved wife for 50 years until her death in 2004. Bob's lifelong passion was emerging technologies in the automotive and aerospace industries. He worked as a consultant, industry spokesman, and widely published journalist throughout his life. Bob's final article entitled "Unique New Bio Feedstock for Aircraft Fuel Proposed" was completed a few weeks ago and published this month. Recognized internationally for his work, he was a full member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and remained active in the Midwest Automotive Media Association. A resident of Waukegan for nearly 60 years, he was involved in many church and community activities. Most notably, he was on the Camp Jorn Board of Directors for 29 years and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 for his service and dedication. Bob loved to be outside and could often be seen riding his bicycle, sailing on Lake Michigan, or hiking along the lakeshore. Bob is survived by his daughter, Jere Brooks King of Palo Alto, California; his son, Michael Brooks of White Bear Lake, Minnesota; 4 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in mid January at the First Presbyterian Church of Waukegan. Arrangements are under the care of PETERSON & PATCH FUNERAL HOME, 408 N. Sheridan Rd., Waukegan (847)623-0495.
Published in News Sun from Dec. 5 to Dec. 11, 2013