Obituary: Samuel C. Brooks
May 12, 1928 – December 15, 2019
Samuel Carroll Brooks Jr. died peacefully at age 91 at home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Carroll Brooks and Linda Carruthers Brooks, his brother, James Webster Brooks, and son, James Winfried Brooks. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Frieda Brooks, and his children, Katie Brooks Robertson and husband Mike (Fishers, Indiana) and Carroll Brooks and wife Janie (Seoul, South Korea); and his grandchildren, Samuel, Phillip, Jake, Lauren and Ben; and many nieces and nephews. Sam was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and Master’s and doctorate degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served in the United States Army and was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain during the Korean War. Sam worked at Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, Michigan) as a Professor of Biochemistry from 1959-2006. He was widely known for his scientific and scholarly contributions to understanding the role of the estrogen receptor in breast cancer. He was an outstanding researcher, scientific mentor, and teacher. In his free time, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, reading WWII history novels, watching Wisconsin Badgers football and spending time with family and friends. Sam will fondly be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, knack for storytelling, and his love for animals. The family would like to thank the amazing providers that cared for Sam at Casey’s Pond Senior Living, Northwest Colorado Health Hospice Care, and Yampa Valley Medical Center. A celebration of Sam’s life will take place at St. Martin-Tours Catholic Church, 400 Sharp Ave, Oak Creek, CO at 11:00am on December 29, 2019. Memorial Donations may be made in Sam’s name to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, 325 7th St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.
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