James Brooks


Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Juneau resident James Washington Brooks, 83, died May 19, 2006, at his home in Juneau.

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He was born Aug. 6, 1922, in Erie, Penn. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp while in Alaska at the start of World War II, serving as a B-24 Liberator pilot until the war ended. Upon returning to Alaska, he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks earning both bachelor's and master's degrees.

He was a pioneering game manager and conservationist, as well as an avid outdoorsman. He was the first director of the Alaska Division of Game after statehood. He eventually served as commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game under two different governors, Bill Egan and Jay Hammond. He finished his long career as a fish and wildlife manager as deputy director of the National Marine Fisheries Service overseeing the Alaska region.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Mattie (Keltner) Brooks; sister, Blanche Brooks; first wife, Bertha Schaeffer; and second wife, Christa Brooks.

He is survived by his two sisters, Virginia Darrow and Hazel Rollo, of Michigan; and children, Lewis and Beatrice Brooks, both of Juneau.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Treadwell Room in the Baranof Hotel. Friends of Jim and the family are welcome to attend.

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