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501 Duncan Rd
Wilmington, DE 19809
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Wilbur Brooks Bigelow

AGE: 73 •

Dr. Wilbur Brooks Bigelow, age 73, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2015 in Indiana, where he had lived and taught for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Newell and Elizabeth Bigelow. He is survived by his sister Barbara Sheridan and her husband John Sheridan and their two sons. He was proud of his nephews, Daniel Sheridan (Katie Messner) and Timothy Sheridan and great-niece Emsley Sheridan.

Brooks graduated from Mount Pleasant High School, completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Delaware, and earned his PhD. in chemistry from New Mexico State University. He became a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional fraternity. He taught chemistry in Arkansas, Florida, Iowa and western Indiana. Brooks settled in as an associate professor at Trine University in Angola, Indiana, where he taught freshman, organic, inorganic, instrumental, and physical chemistry for 28 years. He was a member of the American Chemical Society for 50 years and treasurer of the local chapter in later years. When he was not teaching chemistry, Brooks enjoyed working with model train cars and engines at the Garrett Model Railroad Club in Garrett, Indiana, where he was also treasurer. He also loved fly fishing at Lake Mansfield in Vermont, where he went for vacation every year. Each year Brooks returned to Delaware to spend two weeks at Christmas and a few days in the summer with his family. He will be missed by his family, train club members, Trine University colleagues, and wonderful neighbors in Angola.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 501 Duncan Road, Wilmington DE 19809. Friends may visit with the family from 10 AM to 10:30 AM at St. Mark's. Interment in a family plot will follow the service at Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington, Delaware. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, National Processing Center, Att. Honor and Memorial Gifts, PO Box 1245, Alberta Lea, MN 56007.

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Published in The News Journal from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23, 2015
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