Rosalind Poll Brooker
Judge Rosalind Poll Brooker died on October 16, 2016 in Naples, FL where she had lived for 28 years after her retirement.
A woman of principle, spirit, intelligence, wisdom, love and generosity, Judge Brooker accomplished a great deal of private and public good in her long life. After marriage to Samuel S. Brooker and graduation from the Boston University School of Law in 1952, Mrs. Brooker returned to New Bedford to begin her practice of law. While developing that practice, she became an integral part of New Bedford's civic life. Attorney Brooker volunteered her knowledge, skills and time to numerous non-profit organizations. These experiences lead her to politics. Mrs. Brooker was the first woman to be elected to the New Bedford city council. She later became its first woman president and city solicitor, opening a path for other women to follow. Atty Brooker also became deeply involved in Republican party politics and was a confidant or counsel to state and national politicians and particularly close to U.S. Senator Ed Brooke. She was appointed Administrative Law Judge by Governor Francis Sargent and reappointed by Governor Michael Dukakis.
Judge Brooker's focus, drive, toughness, goodwill and tolerance was the product of a life that required overturning obstacles. She overcame every impediment placed in her path - physical or gender-based - through her command of language, strategic reasoning, grace and the love of her family and friends. There was never hesitation, never a complaint. Her simple axiom "You fall down, you get up, you achieve" earned her a lifetime of respect and admiration from family and colleagues.
Rosalind Poll Brooker's husband predeceased her. She is survived by two daughters, a son, six grandchildren, three great grandsons and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held on October 19, 2.30 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Cemetery, 1400 Old Plainville Road, North Dartmouth, MA
Published in Naples Daily News on Oct. 18, 2016.