To: School of Business Faculty and the University Community
From: Tony McAdams, Professor and Head
Date: April 18, 1989
I regret to announce the passing on Monday, April 17, 1989, of our colleague and friend, Mr. Earle Brooks. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 1989, at the Methodist Church in Excelsior, Minnesota.
You may wish to write to Earle's wife, Rhoda, and their family at:
859 Excelsior Boulevard
Excelsior, Minnesota 55331
Earle, a member of the Management faculty and Coordinator of External Relations for the School of Business, joined UNI in 1984. During the ensuing years he taught a variety of courses in Management and Marketing while engaging in many activities to strengthen our ties with the business community. Earle will be well remembered by his students as an energetic, helpful instructor with a willingness to invest time in each individual's needs. To the faculty, Earle was an able, charming man of many ideas and interests.
Before joining the UNI faculty, Earle, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, built a distinguished business career. After many years of engineering and personnel work with the Dayton Company and others, Earle assumed the role of Assistant Director of Public Affairs for Dayton and Director of the Dayton-Hudson Foundation, positions he held from 1968 to 1970. Earle spent the period from 1970-9 as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Officer of the Pillsbury Company. Earle operated his own consulting firm, Earle Brooks and Associates, in Washington, D.C. from 1979 to 1980.
Earle's remarkably diverse and accomplished career included two periods of service to the Peace Corps. From 1962 to 1964 he worked in the Community Development and Leadership Training Program in Ecuador. Then from 1980 to 1982 he was Director of the Peace Corps in Chile and Belize in which role he held the diplomatic rank of Counselor-Senior Foreign Service.
Earle was also a successful journalist/scholar. He authored the cover story for the September 1984, issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE addressing his Ecuadorian Peace Corps experience. Earle and Rhoda published their book, THE BARRIOS OF MANTA, in 1965. The book, detailing Peace Corps development work in Ecuador, sold over 75,000 copies in seven hard- and soft-cover editions in three languages. Earle had also contributed a chapter to a college writing textbook, and he and Rhoda had begun work on a book addressing U.S.-Latin American policy. We extend our sympathy to Rhoda and all of Earle's large, lovely family. On behalf of the Management Department and the School of Business, we acknowledge our debt to Earle for his years of work for us and the students of the University. Earle was a good, kind man.