James E. Brooks

Ellensburg, Washington

Oct 10, 1925 – Apr 2, 2017


Saturday, October 10th 1925
Sunday, April 2nd 2017
University of Washington


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James E. BrooksJames E. Brooks came into the world on October 10th, 1925 at 13 lbs. even. He lived a personal and professional life that we all only dream about. Here's his story.Born in a small house south of Chehalis Washington, Jim came from humble beginnings. His mother was Nellie Cecelia...

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Jim was a mentor of mine when I returned from serving during the Korean War. He was a veteran and had a soft spot in his heart for us veterans who studied under his tutelage. Sorry to hear of his passing. God Bless Lillian and his family.

Ronda and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I have so many memories of your dad, while growing up with you in the President's House. I will miss seeing him along the parade route at rodeo! Take comfort in one another.

Some one I had the Pleasure of knowing later in life. He and his family these last few years have been a model of love and strength threw the hard hours, days and years . They remained loving and devoted to each other. He like my Grandparents valued Education and mostly perseverance recognizing the value of knowledge and the joy of hard work obtaining it! His Humor and passion for our country, community and family will live on at CWU and privately in my hart .

I am so sorry for your loss. James Brooks' life was the epitome of a life well lived. You are all a credit to him. Let your memories comfort you.

My prayers go out to the Brooks family. Dr. Brooks is the first name that comes to mind when Central is mentioned. What I remember the most was his charismatic smile. I also remember the growth and name changes (CWSC - CWU) that occurred during his leadership. It is great to know that the library is justly named in his honor. Rest in Peace

Jim Brooks was an outstanding and effective leader whose legacy at Central Washington University and elsewhere was wide-ranging, positive and enduring. He was also a wise and thoughtful mentor and role model, and above all, a valued colleague and friend. David and I will miss him deeply. We send our thoughts and our love to Lillian and the entire Brooks family.

Dr. Brooks served as a trustee of Yakima Valley Community College in 1980 and served as college president from 1985-1987. He brought steadiness, stability and leadership to the college during a very turbulent period. His timely intervention greatly attributed to the future success of the college. Jim and Lillian have been lifelong supporters and friends of Yakima Valley College. He will be greatly missed.