Emily Broom

Emily Broom

Emily Broom, a co-founder and partner of the internationally recognized design firm Broom & Broom, died on April 25, 2013 in Sausalito, Calif. She was 66.

In 1980 Emily joined her husband, David Broom, to form Broom & Broom in San Francisco. Over the next 33 years she grew their client roster to include many Fortune 100 companies, and their firm won numerous domestic and international awards. She and David were also strong supporters of public art projects, creating "Giant Heart" for Hearts in San Francisco to raise money for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.

Emily grew up on a dairy farm outside Petaluma to parents Isa and Harry Milden, and after graduating from UCLA with Honors spent the summer traveling through Europe. Her summer trip turned into seven years on the continent. She first found work at IOS in Geneva, where she met her future husband, David. They moved to Paris three years later, got married, and Emily began her lifelong love affair with the "City of Light." They then moved to California where Emily became Associate Advertising Director of the Levi's Jeans Division before starting Broom & Broom.

Her love of Paris only intensified after she left, and with her family she spent at least one vacation every year visiting close French friends. She had a passion for language and learning, and was fluent in both French and German. She loved fashion and had a keen eye for future trends that she incorporated into her own incredible sense of style. She had a joie de vivre that was unparalleled, and is remembered for the infectious love and unwavering generosity and support she gave her family and friends.

Emily is survived by her husband, David Broom, her son, Michael Broom (Naomi), her grandson, Daniel Broom, and her sister, Margo Haas (Allen).

A private burial was held on Sunday, April 28.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Development Services, PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309. Please indicate "in memory of Emily Broom for Dr. Advani's research-HAIUB" in an attached note.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 2, 2013