November 10, 2018

Harold A. Brooks '69CC Passes

Physicist, scientist, jazz musician, and Columbian, Harold A. Brooks, transitions. 

Harold A. Brooks ‘69CC passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


Harold was among the talented musicians and artists who were among the foundational classes of color at Columbia in the 1960s. He was also a talented student and scientist. He entered Columbia from high school in St. Louis, Missouri and earned a B.S. in Physics.

Harold1.jpgHe later earned advanced degrees in engineering, economics, and technology. Professionally, Harold became a Senior Level Research Physicist at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California.

Harold settled in Virginia following his marriage to Maxine M. Clark. There, he promoted his interest in the preservation and performance of jazz music by collaborating with local jazz musicians to establish a nonprofit organization the Fredericksburg Jazz Collective.

Harold lived a rich full life and leaves many loving friends and family members. A service will be held at noon on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm in Fredericksburg, VA 22405, followed by a reception and a jazz concert tribute.

Please follow this link to sign the guestbook.

In lieu of flowers donate to: American Heart Association; Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; American Kidney Fund; Fredericksburg Jazz Collective at or Fredericksburg Jazz Collective, P.O. Box 1092 Fredericksburg, VA 22402. 


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  • Kevin Matthews
    published this page in News 2018-11-11 20:21:17 -0500