BROOKS--Barbara, 60, passed away on April 12, 2013 at home after a long battle with breast cancer. A scholar of Japan and professor of History at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center, Barbara received a B.A. and M.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D from Princeton University. The mother of Isadora Brooks Jaffee and spouse of David Jaffee, she is also survived by her parents William and Margaret Brooks, her sister Sarah Brooks, and her brother Tom Brooks. Barbara took great joy in learning, writing, and teaching about Japan, working on her garden, and taking care of Oscar the dachshund. Her keen intelligence, boundless curiosity, and deep devotion to her students, friends, and family will be sorely missed by all of those whose lives she touched.

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 16, 2013