May 24, 1923 - April 16, 2014 Born in Los Angeles to Jordan and Grace Brookes, Bob attended John Burroughs Junior High School and Los Angeles High School before heading to Stanford University for his Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He served his country in WWII patrolling the South China Sea as an officer on the submarine USS Kraken. In 1945, he returned to Stanford for his Master's degree. It was during this time that he met and married his pretty Cal co-ed, Valentine McMillan. Bob brought Val back to Southern California where they made their permanent home. Here they raised their children, Daisy (Bill Spurgin), Diane (Ed Nelson) and Bob Jr. (Diana Sammis). He was the proud grandfather of Sandy (Helene) Spurgin and Danny (Shannon) Spurgin and of Christina, Joanna and Michelle Brookes. He had the special delight of knowing his great grandchildren Brookes and Holden Spurgin and Adelaide Spurgin. In 1948, Bob joined his father at E. Jordan Brookes Co., a distributor of Industrial metals and plastics. He led the company as both president and CEO and participated in industry development, serving as president of the Copper & Brass Servicecenter Organization. In 1979, his son Bob Jr. joined the company providing three generations of leadership. From an early age, Bob enjoyed playing golf. He was a member of Los Angeles Country Club, serving as its president in 1989 and 1990. When not on the course, he liked to deep sea fish from Las Cruces in Baja California and hunt quail at La Grulla in Ensenada. Summers found him at the family home on the Balboa Peninsula enjoying all that a Southern California native would treasure. Actively involved with The California Club he developed an interest in great food and wine, later joining both the Chevaliers du Tastevin and California Vintage Wine Society. Bob will be missed by his family and many friends and remembered with much love for his kindness, integrity and enthusiasm. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 pm, Thursday, May 1 at 10101 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospital, Fund Development, 1225 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2014