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BROOKS, DAVID CLARK (March 28, 1958 - April 2, 2014) David Clark Brooks, 56, of Arlington, Virginia, died at Virginia Hospital in Arlington on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He was born in Middletown, Connecticut, on March 28,1958. The son of Harvey James Brooks (deceased) and Grayce (Ahern) Brooks, he graduated from Valley Regional High School in Deep River, Class of 1976, and received Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Trinity College, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service for 21 years, having served in Warsaw, Caracas, Managua, Lima, Sao Paolo, and Luanda. He spoke Polish, Spanish, and Portuguese. He earned his PhD in Latin American History from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, in 1998. In 2013 he was awarded a Master’s degree from the Army War College. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Dr. Brooks taught history and coached wrestling at the Kingswood Oxford School. He leaves his wife of 24 years, Dr. Nancy Rios-Brooks, and their three children, Fernando, Jack, and Elisabeth; as well as his brother Douglas Brooks and his wife Catherine Wood Brooks of Vergennes, Vermont. Services are planned in Arlington, VA with interment at a later date at Fountain Hill Cemetery in Deep River, Connecticut.

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Published in middletownpress from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2014.
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August 19, 2020
Dearest David, Elisabeth did it! She virtually graduated. Look at her awards and medal. She made us proud. Loving you from Earth.
August 18, 2020
I am so sorry to hear that David died. He grew up next door to me on High Street in Deep River. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
April 1, 2020
Remembering this intelligent and kind friend, never completely out of my thoughts.

Fernando Gonzalez de Leon
March 30, 2020

This June will be our 40th Reunion at Trinity, Coronavirus permitting. You will be missed.

Robert Herbst
March 28, 2020
Dearest David happy birthday,
You are missed very much. I have a job for you, Please protect us from this pandemic that is everywhere. What is going also with the diplomatic corps is unbelievable. Embassies are overworked trying to get thousands of Americans citizens who retired abroad to come back to the US. As you and I would hv agreed, it does not make sense to bring the riskiest group exposing them to hundreds on the plane. Best solution, on my humble opinion was to have them shelter in place isolated in their residencies abroad. Sometimes, what people may think is he best option, may be the wrong solution with many regrets. You have heard me asking you what are you thoughts on this crisis. We have gone through many. You dont want to know about he stock market. Remember what happened to us 2008 we became quite poor after the crash but we recuperated. This should all pass. Love you Nancy
Nancy Rios-Brooks
August 7, 2019
A flower for you Bogota 2019
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
June 2019 Gainesville
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
June 2019 Gainesville
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
Douglas, Catherine and Elisabeth on their way to visit Grayce
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
Gainesville, FL June 3019
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
Quincy Elisabeth's boyfriend and Jack June 2019
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
June 2019 visiting Jack and Elisabeth in Gainesville, FL before I head down to Bogota for work.
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
Sweet KATY with Josephine Jan 2019 when I went to meet our granddaughter!
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
Sahara our adopted Goddaughter an actress. She lives in Buenos Aires. Jack Elisabeth and I went there to visit her in 2018
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
The photo that made me take a plane to go to LA on June 21, 2019
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
Watergate getting ready to go and visit Fernando in LA
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
Elisabeth meeting Josephine for the first time; LA July 2019
Your wife Nancy
August 7, 2019
Watergate I lived there from August 2018 to July 2019 then left to Bogota
Your wife Nancy
August 6, 2019
I saw guest book while doing an internet search for a few old teachers and was saddened to learn of David's passing.

I was a student of his at Kingswood in the late 80's. I was a shy kid, but he was extraordinarily kind and encouraging and was a strong mentor for me. He was a guest at our house for dinner on more than one occasion. Later, when I was a student at Connecticut College, he appeared again and our conversations and mentorship continued.

We lost contact after that, but I never forgot the teacher who helped a shy kid in a new school feel welcome and accepted. Please accept my belated condolences for the loss of someone I admired very much
Brett Feinstein
March 29, 2019
God be with this nice man
André Lara
March 29, 2019

I went up to Trinity twice this year to give motivational talks to the wrestling team. They are a serious group and their coach is quite committed. I told them about your undefeated senior season. Your legacy is part of the history and fabric of the team.
Robert Herbst
March 28, 2019
Peace be upon him.
March 28, 2019
Josephine Ojeda Dowling
Dearest David...Happy birthday my love. I still missing you. You are always in my heart and mind. The kids are doing fine and Josephine our beautiful granddaughter is growing fast. It is so nice to watch how active and beautiful she is becoming.
Politics worldwide have gone crazy. I hope you are watching over our friends in Venezuela and Nicaragua hard time ahead two both country.

With lots of love
April 7, 2018
David we are all missing you deeply. We all connected with your Mom Grayce during your b-day and passing day. We all were sad and wishing that we could be better off with you than without you.

I will not be going to Havana bc some type of crazy bug or virus that are getting people sick. I opted to go to DC and do a six months tour and then retire in Feb 2019. Very much looking forward to that. I wish you were here...Loving you. Nancy
February 13, 2018
Hey David lot has changed since I visited the side. Fernando purchased a piece of land where he and Katie will build a house. The design is already done they are working on the certificates to build. Fernando got a promotion on his job and Katie began a very successful flower business. There are talks about having a child. I am very much looking forward to that.

Jack is studying at Sta Fe College in Gainesville. He is doing well. Jack is also into fitness and is taking good care of himself. He worked during the Holiday, so we all ended up celebrating Christmas in Gainesville. We had a good visit and decided that next Christmas will be in Havana.

Elisabeth is doing great at school. Last year, she did an Internship in Guatemala and one in Brazil. She is very involved with the school community. She went to DC in March 2017 to participate in the women march. She cowrote a piece that is now a play and she will be performing it in LA and Canada. She is also applying to all type of grants. Elisabeth is planing a one year study abroad; 6 mos in Unive of Cape Town and 6 in Univ of Sao Paulo.

Me, I am almost done Caracas and heading next to Cuba. I am really looking forward to that assignment. We all miss you.
Love. Nancy
April 2, 2017
Interestedly I lost the previous message. I was telling you about Fernando buying a piece of land in LA to build a house, Jack joining the Marines, Elisabeth working on two majors at UF and me bidding to stay in Caracas for the next tour--in total I have 27 months to retire.
Nancy your wife
April 1, 2017
Happy b-day, your 59. Well back here more interesting things are happening within the political atmosphere. Kind of crazy stuff in the US and Venezuela where I reside.

The WH is trapped in an incredible issue between Russia and close friends/nominated friends of the Trump administrate.

In Venezuela the parliament was dissolved and Maduro is now power of the land. Protests expected by the opposition.

Stay tune.
March 18, 2017
Wooo I meant 2016; Trump is our president and you would not believe how hard the past 40ish something days have been for him and for us...tough times ahead of both of us. Major cuts to DOS are coming the unknown is ahead of us.

I miss you very much. This is the month and the beginning of the days you got sick a almost three years ago. Thank you for still coming to my dreams it means a lot to me.

Venezuela continues to be a challenge the people are really starving. There are no fat people here but more skinny people.

The kids are doing well, you should be proud.

Love you!
December 22, 2016

Dave, thinking of you here in Ukraine and of our talks on Eastern Europe and its future. I've remembered you often these last 2 years in New England and on my visits to this great and sad land. Always your friend and still profiting from your ideas,

December 18, 2016
Dearest David,
1916 is about to end. If you don't know by now, Trump will be our next president--a wild card for the US. Venezuela is falling deeper into despair. The shortages of food, money, medicine, etc have quadruple. The lines to get food at the supermarket are getting longer. It is unbelievable.

Fernando continues to enjoy his marriage very much. He has been doing volunteer work and soon is to start a new job. He continues writing.

Jack is living in Quantico still and continues to work with Bruce on the Internship. He finished an economic class at NOVA. He is planing to take a semester off next year and would try to get an internship in Europe. He is enjoying very much his participation in Toastmasters. Jack continues to be a dreamer. Hopefully he soon will figure out. Meanwhile he is working in J Crew. He is fashionista who loves shoes and lately drawing clothing sketches.

Elisabeth is thriving at the Univ of FL. She continues to be an excellent student. She has decided not to work next semester but concentrate on her studies. For school year 2017-18, she and three of her friends have rented a house across the University. She will be closer to her building of studies, food and library. She traveled to CA to see Fernando for Thanksgiving.

After school ended last week, she went to DC and visited with Jack, Lily and Corey. Now, she is on her way to NY to see Mary and Francesca who are both studying in NY. Then she will head to CT to visit Grayce, Douglas will pick her up at the airport. After Grandma, she will head to Vermont with Douglas and Catherine and from there will fly to Curacao to meet Fernando, Katy and me. We will spend New Year there since Venezuela is not a choice.

Me, I am ok and looking forward to seeing the kids. This year went fast and I am looking forward to the next one. It will be my 60 and I am planning to take R&R and go to PR where a few girlfriends will come to celebrate with me. I was hoping to go to Cuba but I am changing my mind on that. Bidding season will come next year and that is story to be continued.

So, there you have it. Love you. Nancy
December 18, 2016
1987 our first real date.
November 6, 2016
Dear David,
You continue to show up in my dreams and you look as great as usual. You don't have an idea as to how much you are missed. I am back in Venezuela after 17 years and unfortunately the country has taken a turn to the worse. If you were here, you would not approve. I was just reading this morning your notes about how you visualized the world in 2014 and you must know you were on target with your predictions.

Miss you! Your wife Nancy
April 3, 2016
March 30, 2016
Hi Dearest David,
One more b-day without you. I visited your mother this past weekend. She is ok but misses you a lot and I do too. It is amazing that it has been two years since you turned 56 and two years without you as of April 2nd. It seems like no long ago and unacceptable. We miss you like you would not believe.

Love you. Nancy
March 17, 2016
Dearest David,
Feeling it! Your b-day is approaching and the dark date as well. Missing you to pieces. Love. Nancy
February 13, 2016
Dearest David/love,
Jack is 21, Elisabeth is 18 and Fernando 33. Lots of things are happening here. Fernando is getting married to Katy (great gal) in June. Jack is doing well in college and will be moving to an apt on his own soon. Elisabeth is waiting to see where she would go to college; accepted already at Ohio State and University of FL. I am heading down to Caracas for my next assignment in July. While life continues going on here I just wanted to let you know that you are missed. Today, I read an article where you were quoted. It was great to read about your accomplishments
. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I just want to let you know that you are in my thoughts and greatly missed. Love you forever. Nancy
October 3, 2015
Thinking of you and missing you deeply. Nancy
July 17, 2015
See David's last act. This was done two weeks prior to passing. What a guy! Nancy

July 15, 2015
I was a colleague of David Brooks in the early 1980's at Kingswood-Oxford. I distinctly remember his passion for history and in particular for Nicaragua and what was happening there. As others have observed, he was a pure intellectual, a man of action motivated by ideas. It pains me enormously to learn that he has died, suddenly and too young, but I am comforted to know that he finished his Ph.D, joined the Foreign Service, and served effectively for more than two decades. He had integrity, discipline, and patience with others who did not share his gifts or passion for politics. I extend my belated condolences to his family and friends. The world is better for all he contributed, but even after 30 years, learning of his passing saddens me greatly.
Don Austin
March 3, 2015
I cannot believe that it has been almost a year. It seems like yesterday when you got home from Rodgers University and found me with a few friends celebrating women's day. You walked in and looked at all of us and said, "What a beautiful garden full of flowers." I love you for that. Missing you deeply. Where are you?
Nancy Rios-Books
February 2, 2015
Sweet love, where are you? Missing you.
Nancy Rios-Brooks
November 5, 2014
Father and daughter
October 27, 2014
David was a good man. He always made me smile. So Sorry to hear about his passing.

Les deGraffenried
October 24, 2014
I too just read about Dave's passing in the Trinity Reporter and am stunned and saddened. We were both history majors, Phi Beta Kappa, and on the wrestling team, where he was Captain. What I remember most about Dave is that he also joined the cross country team to run in the Fall to get in shape for wrestling. He looked so out of place in his tank top next to all the skinny runners. I would see him in distant last, laboring as he lugged his giant body around the course and I admired him for his dedication and sacrifice. Please accept my condolences for someone so worthwhile taken way too soon.
Robert Herbst
October 23, 2014
I was greatly saddened to hear this news. Like Chuck Tiernan, I just read the Trinity Reporter. Dave and I were good friends for all four years at Trinity. We also beat each other up on the wrestling mats for those four years, serving as co-captains our last two years. We had many good times together, and I always had the utmost respect for Dave. He truly was a gentleman and a scholar. We reconnected last year by coincidence via LinkedIn and had a chance to catch up a little. I will keep your family in my prayers. John
John OBrien
October 20, 2014
Sorry to hear about David's passing. Just read about it in the Trinity Reporter. David and I were classmates at Trinity College. He had a great sense of humor and was a hell of a wrestler. My condolences go out to his family.
Chuck Tiernan
October 9, 2014
October 7, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about David's passing. I just picked up State magazine and saw the terrible news there and was stunned and very saddened. He was such a kind and open person with a great mind and ability to connect with people. I always looked forward to seeing David come rambling into the PA section because I knew a great conversation was soon to follow. My condolences to you and your family
Scott Whitmore
August 22, 2014
I have you locked in my heart. You are here, there and everywhere. I feel you, smell you and I can hear your voice. Three nights ago, I had a dream that you were alive. Yes, you came back as yourself. The interesting thing was that everyone knew you were dead except you. It was a night full of surprises, going from place to place partying with our friends. Even beyond this life, you come back as my superhero to make me happy one more time. You are missed by us all! Love you my Conan the Barbarian.
your wife
August 19, 2014
I miss you, Pops
Your daughter
August 11, 2014
I am so terribly saddened to hear of Dave's passing. From graduate school at UCONN to occasional encounters in Lima, Peru, Dave was one of my oldest friends. I will always remember his sense of humor, his intellect, and his passion for life and for his family.
May 2, 2014
SO sorry to hear of David's passing. He had a wicked sense of humor. I only knew him through Tracey (aka Chump Lady). His words to all those who posted there were always uplifting and positive. He will be missed by all. Seems like the world got a little duller.
Alix Estrada ramczyk
April 26, 2014
David was one of the most remarkable individuals I have ever known or I'm likely to meet. In character and intelligence, humor and originality, he stood as tall as his physical stature. Although I had not seen him in years, I will profoundly miss him, and always regret not having his perspectives on so many things, from current events, to history, to life in general. He represented the very best features of this country. A bitter loss to all of us who knew him, even for a while.

Fernando Gonzalez de Leon
Fernando Gonzalez de Leon
April 13, 2014
David was a good friend for twenty years. I will miss him. Nancy, so sad for your loss.
John Matel
April 13, 2014
Dear Nancy: I am so sorry for your loss. David was a great human being and his love and dedication to his job as a diplomat will be remembered by many people in many places specially in Nicaragua. Mis oraciones para sus hijos, con mucho cariño Carolina
Carolina Rodriguez
April 11, 2014
My heartfelt condolences to David's family. David had a wonderful way with words--always finding the right one said in the right way. He touched thousands of lives and made them better.
Kate Emblom
April 11, 2014
Dear Nancy,

I am so sad to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. Best regards, Audrey Huon-Dumentat
April 10, 2014
David, you will be missed deeply, not only by your family, but by the many lives you touched with your compassionate, friendly, curious, and intelligent spirit. As a young Entry Level Officer in Lima, you inspired me to be creative, and not be afraid to reach out to America's friends and enemies with a compelling story of America's quest for freedom and equal rights for all. I will never forget our meeting with the father of Peru's current President, and how you challenged him to re-evaluate his views on the USA. You were a mentor, a friend, an inspiration and a model of the quintessential diplomat. Your devotion to family was also touching, and my heart and prayers go to them in their loss. You were a seeker after truth, and I hope you are with him now. Blessings, friend.
Chris Istrati
April 9, 2014
I was deeply saddened to hear about David's sudden and tragic passing. Though I have not seen or talked with him in over twenty years, I have very strong memories of him as a colleague at Kingswood-Oxford School where he always impressed me as a bona fide Renaissance Man. Effervescent, upbeat, always probing and always smiling, David had a keen intellect, an insatiable curiosity and a true passion for others, most especially those who were underserved and underrepresented. I remember wonderful conversations with him where I knew he was probably listening more than talking, but what he was saying was always deep and insightful. On the strength of what I knew of David back then, I can only imagine the impact that he has had on others over his long and, obviously, impressive career. I am sure his loss will be felt by many around the world. A fitting albeit bittersweet legacy I am sure. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Larry Roberts, former colleague at the Kingswood-Oxford School
Lawrence Roberts
April 8, 2014
I was fortunate to cooperate with David on numerous projects at the Foreign Service Institute. He was always willing to present to our public diplomacy classes on how to make connections with underserved populations. Although his area of expertise was Latin America, he inspired diplomats around the world with his creativity, whether amusing with comics or shocking with photos of the brutality of slavery. He presented the USA, warts and all, in a way like no other. My condolences to his family, loved ones, and friends.
Chris Degnan
April 8, 2014
This is very sad news for those who worked with David Brooks very closely! His spirit, patriotism, and energy to push the US History in Peru were tremendous. I learnt a lot from him and the US History he put together. My condolences to Nancy and children.
Jorge D. Rivera
April 8, 2014
Nancy, so sad for your loss. Que Dios te ayude en tu dolor a ti, tus hijos, y familia.
FS OMS - FSI 2001 Class
Carla O'Hare
April 8, 2014
David was an energetic and insightful colleague who was always willing to chat and share ideas. I met him at FSI and learned much from him on understanding anti-Americanism. His ability to dialogue with everyone no matter how critical of the U.S. was remarkable. So sorry for his loss; he will be missed.
Marcia Bosshardt
April 8, 2014
I was tremendously saddened to learn of David's sudden and untimely death. The Foreign Service in general and Public Diplomacy in particular have lost one of our most thoughtful, innovative, and creative thinkers. A master of both style and substance, David was forever looking for new ways to communicate old ideas about freedom, democracy, and American values to neglected and hard-to-reach audiences. His passion for his work was infectious, and all who heard his presentations came away inspired. My condolences to his wife, children, family and friends. I share your grief.
Greg Adams
April 8, 2014
I met David Brooks in Bolivia during a conference on trafficking in persons in 2000, and was deeply impressed by his energy, warmth and intellect. He spoke about trafficked women and children with great conviction and expertise. During our discussion on the margins of the conference, he was also a very kind colleague, offering me valuable advice about schools that could attend my child's special education needs. I am deeply sorry to hear of his family's great loss. I hope it is a comfort to his family and friends to know that David was greatly admired on the Foreign Service community. We will do our best to carry on our work the way David would have, and to honor the good example he set for the rest of us.
Mari Tolliver
April 8, 2014
Dave was an amazing colleague and friend for us in Area Studies at FSI. My last encounter with him a few months back he invited me to give a talk at ECA. His praise for that talk, straight to my bosses, was typical of him: he went way out of his way to be supportive, generous, kind, even if the praise was more than I deserved! What a lovely human and somebody who, once you knew him, you would never, ever forget. Hugs to all of you, and gratitude for the bit of his life I got to share.
John I.
John Iskander
April 8, 2014
When Dave was in Brazil he change my life, Tahnk you Dave. God bless you.
André Lara
April 7, 2014
When David was a teacher at Kingswood Oxford School here in West Hartford, CT, he asked me if he could sit in on one of my Spanish classes so he could learn the language. I was thrilled to have him as a "student" and the youngsters in the class were just as thrilled. We became good friends and I was sad when he left KO. We kept in touch while he was in Latin America. I am so sorry to hear the news. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Brenda Semmelrock
April 7, 2014
Grace, Nancy, Fernando, Jack and Elisabeth – I was so saddened to learn of Dave's passing. We were young teachers together at Kingswood Oxford during the early 1980s and shared so many long and rich discussions – on politics, history, life – at my little apartment on Robin Road in West Hartford. I have never met someone whose intellectual passions were so sincere, deep and contagious. When Dave got a hold of an idea, he never let go. I'll never forget the many thoughtful and compelling opinion pieces he wrote for the Hartford Courant. He touched the lives of hundreds of KO students as a dynamic history teacher, inspiring coach and wise advisor. He was a deep and dear friend, and I will always remember his enthusiasm, energy and compassion. He always wanted to do the right thing – and he always did. I know that words cannot comfort you at this terrible time, but please know that all of us who knew him as a young man at Kingswood Oxford share your loss and we are holding you and him in our hearts and prayers. God bless.
Rob Kyff
April 7, 2014
Dave's former colleagues in the Area Studies Division at the Foreign Service Institute are all in shock and disbelief at the loss of such a wonderful, dynamic friend and colleague. We recall Dave's wit; his willingness to do whatever was needed as Chair of Western Hemisphere Area Studies; his love of Latin America and of teaching; and his hope that perhaps after retirement, he might have the opportunity to return to a position in the Area Studies Division.

We will miss him and the joy and energy he brought to our office.

Our deepest condolences.
Anne Imamura
April 7, 2014
A warm, wonderful guy and great diplomat, we shared a love of public diplomacy.
Patricia Guy
April 7, 2014
David was so full of energy and enthusiasm. It is difficult for me to absorb that he has passed on. My prayers are with you. - Mindy Covington
April 7, 2014
I am so deeply saddened by the loss of a dear colleague of ours in the Foreign Service. David mentored me in public diplomacy, and powerfully taught me how to explain America through an honest, objective, and evocative presentation of America's history (all its highs and lows). He infected others with his enthusiasm, loved to interact with people, and possessed an unsurpassable sense of humor. He graciously accepted to appear on a digital video conference with Russian students in Vladivostok, Russia ... while he served in Lima, Peru. And, as I expected, he had an indelible impact on a very skeptical audience. That was quintessential David: there was no distance too far that he could not bridge when it came to respectfully analyzing the human condition. We'll miss him deeply. Go to God, now, Dave; we know you've already won him over as a fan!
Dan Hastings
April 7, 2014
David was exceptional in that whether you were in the workplace or outside of it, he would treat you the same: with respect, professionalism, kindness. His wicked sense of humor didn't hurt ;)

He will be sorely missed and his impact on public diplomacy will live on.
David Kim
April 7, 2014
David loved big ideas. His eyes would light up when discussing a new project or something that worked well in the past. He was also a very approachable person. Despite being a newcomer to State he welcomed my opinions and ideas. He was an excellent mentor and his passing saddens me. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends. He had an amazing career and touched the lives of many people throughout the world.
Michael Duffin
April 7, 2014
A wonderful and kind man has died to young. Our sympathies to Nancy and the children.
Bob and Socorro Wert
April 7, 2014
His talent, vitality, and passion. We miss him very much.
Chang Suh
April 7, 2014
So sad to hear about David's passing. His kindness, caring words, and insights have helped myself and many others. He will be very much missed. My condolences to his close family and friends.
April 7, 2014
Dave was a fabulous guy, whom I've had the privilege of knowing for 20 years. He had a passion for comic books and I recall the conversation and subsequent Internet dialogue he had with my late father, who drew for Marvel Comics in the 1960s. We send our deepest condolences to his family.
Robert Zimmerman
April 6, 2014
No fancy words...Just my love and prayers for your family in this time of deep sorrow...

(I know of your loss through Tracy, aka Chump Lady)
April 6, 2014
Grace,I was so sorry to read of David's death. You must be very proud as David was a brillant young man who accomplished so much in far too short of time.
Jeanne Shatzman (Ree's mother)
Jeanne Shatzman
April 6, 2014
So saddened to hear of Dave's passing. My heartfelt condolences to Nancy and the children. He was a very good man.
Lee Klombers, Mohnton, PA
Lee Klombers
April 5, 2014
My heart grieves for you Nancy, Fernando, Jack and Elizabeth in the loss of your wonderful husband and father. Words are not enough at a time such as this. We will miss him at Virginia Advance Toastmasters and Speakeasy DC. Know that I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Arthuretta Martin
April 5, 2014
I just learned of Brooksie's passing and am heartbroken. He was a great track team pal and hilarious classmate. I was not surprised he became such an accomplished diplomat. I am thinking of his friends and family and will remember him well.
Paul Leach
April 5, 2014
Oh Nancy- I don't even know what to say. David was such a great person. I always enjoyed listening to his history lessons at the office. He was so passionate about teaching and he always made me want to hear more. He will be missed. My payers are with you and your family. - Cody
Aaron Codispoti
April 5, 2014
David at our K-9 Ceremony
Dave was a true diplomat. He was passionate, caring, and truly made a difference. I worked with Dave in Managua and we were the dynamic duo. We were a great team! I will miss Dave very much. I just moved to Washington, DC are a year ago and looked forward to spending more time with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and his kids. I will miss you buddy.
Mike Burch
April 5, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. What a shock. I didn't know David well, but he was an important part of my FSI classes as we beamed in to give the best possible sessions on human rights--one of his passions. What a loss for so many people. We had lunch at State once and I thought this is one of Foreign Service's treasures. My deepest condolences to his family. Corey
April 4, 2014
A man that touched so many lives. His humor, intelligence, passion, and support will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and children. Cherish the memories and may they help you through these difficult times.
Anne Sobota
April 4, 2014
He was authentic, curious and caring. Values I hope to emulate. I am a better man for knowing him and am saddened by his loss.
Tom Oakley
April 4, 2014
Nancy What a loss! I can still remember the first time I met you and David -- I was in the USIA class right after his, and you were preparing for Warsaw. You were both so welcoming. I was so happy to re-connect in Managua. He did true trailblazing work there -- he was an all-round excellent officer, but I think his heart always remained in public diplomacy. He developed, in his "free time", a U.S. history survey course, which he delivered in Spanish at a local university. It was the first such course in Nicaragua. He continued winning hearts and minds for the U.S. in Peru (and I'm sure in subsequent posts), in part by relaying, with warts and all, his great understanding and knowledge of the U.S. experience. When I was running the cultural attache course at FSI, we would regularly do videoconferences with David on how to present U.S. studies. Trainees were always wowed, and vowed to emulate him. I remember one officer saying "I want to be David Brooks." I'm sure you'll hear other stories about the impact he made -- but know that he did leave a wonderful legacy, and made many friends for the U.S. From retirement in Florida, Angela and Steve Emerson
April 4, 2014
I met David when I was doing a college internship in Peru, and I requested a visit with someone at the embassy. He patiently and enthusiastically entertained my questions, and connected me to other people working on human rights in the country, even inviting me to your house for lemonade to introduce me to someone who could be helpful with my research. I remember being astounded that someone of his level respected my opinion and would go out of his way to help me. He was my inspiration to want to work at the State Department, and I've been at DOS for five years now. Even to this day, I remember how fondly he spoke of his wife and kids in our brief interactions. I am so sorry for your loss, and praying for your family during this time.
Ann Karl
April 4, 2014
So very shocked and saddened to hear this news. A great man passing way too early. My deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to his family.
Tim Williams
April 4, 2014
I was shocked and saddened to learn this news. David was a wonderful person, of great integrity and with a profound intellect and spirit. My deepest sympathies to all of his extended family.
Vanessa Malcarne
April 4, 2014

With deepest condolences during this difficult time. May you feel God's loving arms around you and may sadness turn into happy memories with the passing of time.

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Saly Philip & Shany Philip
April 4, 2014
Dear Nancy and family,

David was a wonderful man and person. He served our country so well. God bless you all through this difficult time. My prayers and love are with you.

Ian Houston
April 4, 2014
I am really sad to hear this. David was my student at Trinity. We spent a wonderful afternoon years later in Warsaw. I will never forget his wonderful personality, his warmth and his terrific intellectual curiosity.
Samuel Kassow
April 3, 2014
I will always remember David for his intellect, humor, and kindness. A truly unique individual who left his mark on the world. My deepest sympathy to his family.
John stannard
April 3, 2014
Nancy-- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. There are no words which can make this bearable, and my heart aches for you and your children. Sending you my thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences.
Elise Mellinger
April 3, 2014
Dave was a class guy, a good family man and friend and a true intellect. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dave's family. Be strong and hold his memory in your hearts.
Eric Pfeiffer
April 3, 2014
Farewell friend... glad I knew you, we put many a mile on our running shoes together.
Chip Adams
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