Thursday, February 13, 2003

Obituary: Albert Brooks

Sang in church choir nearly 50 years

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Longtime Mariemont resident Albert J. Brooks, a former treasurer for the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and member of the Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church, died after a long battle with emphysema on Feb. 3 at his residence in Newtown Square, Penn.

He was 86.

Mr. Brooks sang with the Indian Hill Church choir for nearly 50 years and also served the church as vestryman.

A lover of choral and orchestral music, he had a special affinity for opera and bombastic organ music.

Mr. Brooks worked as an accountant for General Electric for 20 years before becoming treasurer for ORSANCO.

A Boston native, he graduated from Amherst (Mass.) College in 1939 and served as an Army captain in the South Pacific during World War II.

In 1941, he married Jane Hayden. They made their home in New England before moving to Greater Cincinnati in 1953.

His wife died in 1998.

Survivors include: a daughter, Ellen Ernisse; a son, Peter Brooks; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Road.

Memorials: Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Road, Cincinnati 45243.


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