William (Bill) T. Brooks

Bill Brooks passed away on June 26, 2021 at age 95 of natural causes.

Bill had a long, interesting, and full life.

Born in Chicago, Il on January 15, 1926, he was raised in nearby

Wilmette. Boy Scouting was a major part of his younger years, he

achieved Eagle Scout about 1940, and was a Vigil member of OA. He was

an attendee of the 1948 convention which merged the OA into the Boy

Scouts. He was also a long time Scoutmaster.

Bill served in the Army Air Force in World War II and went to

Northwestern University on the GI Bill. In 1948, he graduated with a

degree in chemical engineering. He also married the love of his life,

Peggy, who was to be his companion for 65 years.

His work as a chemical engineer carried him into the fertilizer

business. He was soon engaged in development of large scale

fertilizer plants in Asia. In 1964, the entire family relocated to

India. He eventually lived in and developed fertilizer plants in

India, Korea, Pakistan, and the Philippines. These plants continue to

produce fertilizers today, helping to feed millions of people.

In 1990, he and Peggy retired to Albuquerque, NM, where they resided

for 20 years. He was able to enjoy the great Outdoors in NM, and also

take a number of trips throughout the world. They eventually moved to

Salt Lake City.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Peggy and daughter, Barbara. He is

survived by children Tom and Sally, and grandchildren Heather, Bill,

and Isadora. The family wishes to express appreciation for

his caregivers since early 2020, including Robert, Lauren, and Homespire

Contributions in honor of Bill can be made to Nature Conservancy, Jewish

Family Service Caregiver Support, the Camp Makajawan Endowment Fund, or charity of choice.

Truly a life filled with love, family, service and achievement.

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Jul 24, 2021

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Bill Brooks was my first scoutmaster, and an inspiration to become Eagle Scout.

C. B. Kracht Aug 20, 2023