Lisbon - Dr. Albert L. Brooks, 83, of 64 Ross Hill Road, Lisbon, passed away at his home on Oct. 6, 2012.
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The son of the late Albert L. Jr., and Edna Brooks, he was born in Manchester on Jan. 3, 1929. He was a graduate of Westerly High School and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Rhode Island. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and volunteered for duty in Korea, where he served as a researcher at a laboratory attached to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH).
After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to the university where he received a master's degree and eventually a doctorate from the Graduate School of Oceanography. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as associate director of the Bermuda Biological Station, a laboratory primarily engaged in all aspects of marine research.
In 1968, he left the Bermuda lab for a research position at the Naval Underwater System Center in Groton, where he worked as a senior research scientist until his retirement in 1989. His primary field of expertise was in the deep ocean populations of zooplankton and fish which affect the transmission of underwater sound. He has numerous articles in scientific literature reporting results of his research.
He found retirement boring, and his entrepreneurial spirit soon led to the formation of a business partnership with Robert Shailor which invested in real estate rental properties in East Lyme, Uncasville, and New London.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughter, Elizabeth Budny of Westerly; a stepson, Jeffrey Gillum of South Bend, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Carl.
Per Al's wishes, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at the Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Published in The Day on Oct. 10, 2012