TIMOTHY WAYNE BROOKOVER died on Monday, June 6 in Houston, Texas.
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Timothy was born at St. Mary's Hospital, Galveston, Texas on October 19, 1960 to Claudia Zorn Brookover and V. George Brookover.
He is survived by his parents and his brothers Stephen and wife Julie and their children Claire, William and Anna (Dallas, Texas); Michael and wife Michelle and their children Kyle, Gregory and Rachel (Houston, Texas) and a sister Allyson Evans and husband Todd and their children Cade and Reece (Highlands Ranch, CO). Also uncle Raymond Zorn and wife Mildred (Galveston, Texas), and aunt Kathleen and husband Don Sletner (Harlingen, Texas); cousins David Zorn (Springfield, Virginia) and Daniel Zorn (Houston, Texas).
He was predeceased by his partner Albert Mata in 2012. He was the grandson of Raymond S. and Bernice Zorn and Victor P. and Adeline Brookover also deceased.
Tim graduated from Humble High School where he was Editor of the school paper, The PURPLE PRIDE, and a member of the Wildcat Band. While a student at the University of Houston he worked as Editor of both The DAILY COUGAR, the school newspaper and The HOUSTONIAN, the yearbook.
After college he continued a journalism career working at The Houston Business Journal, Houston Home & Garden and ULTRA magazines and other publications in the Houston area. In the mid-80s he began work in the Grants Department of the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston.
Working as Editor of OUTSMART magazine provided the opportunity to be involved with an enduring publication that was a beacon of insight, support and advocacy for persons in the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (GBLT) community. Tim's role with the magazine provided access to and a voice within public and private organizations that were being encouraged to be responsive to the HIV/AIDS pandemic that had taken so many lives in the 80s and 90s.
More than a journalist Tim was a passionate activist and energetic spokesperson for issues, concerns and problems unique to the GLBT constituency. He served as President of the Board of Directors of the Houston GLBT Community Center. The goal of the Center was to provide a "home base" for GLBT individuals and organizations.
He was also an active participant and member of the Board of Governors of Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History.
Tim was an active member of Bethel United Church of Christ in Houston.
Tim was employed as Council Aide to Houston City Council Person Sue Lovell. He thrived on both the excitement and tedium of public service. He especially enjoyed providing a 'listening ear' and assistance for constituent concerns, problems, complaints and questions.
In early 2010 he was diagnosed with cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy brought the cancer into remission. In July 2011 the disease became active again. He became a patient at M.D. Anderson. A combination of an inoperable tumor and repeated aggressive infections sapped Tim's energy but not his resolve. He faced these challenges with the same determination and dignity that he lived life.
On Saturday, June 22 at Bethel United Church of Christ, 1107 Shepherd Drive a Celebration of Tim's Life will begin at 12:00 noon. The family visitation will be from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to: Legacy Community Health Services, P.O. Box 66308, Houston, Texas 77266-6308; Bethel United Church of Christ, 1107 Shepherd Drive, Houston, Texas 77007; The Advocate for Economic Justice Ministry of the United Church of Christ 700 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115, or a cause of your choosing. Condolences may be offered at www.millerfuneral.com
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 20, 2013