OBITUARY: Dr. James S. Brooks Sept. 27, 2014

Dr. JAMES S. BROOKS Sept. 27, 2014

Dr. James S. Brooks, 70, of Alligator Point, Fla., passed away on September 27, 2014 of natural causes.

He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. In addition, he was one of the early experimental faculty members to join the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory where he carried out a prolific research program with colleagues both in the United States and around the world. At the laboratory he was Director of the Condensed Matter Science and Experimental Group.

Prior to moving to Florida he was a member of the physics faculty at Boston University. Professor Brooks was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Oregon. He was also a member of the Journal of Low Temperature Physics Editorial Board; and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He spent many hours during the summer working with Florida classroom teachers and students on exploring adventures in science.

Dr. Brooks dedicated his life to many scientific communities. His enthusiasm for his work and success of fellow scientists will be missed. He loved teaching and spent countless hours dedicated to his colleagues and graduate students. He will be remembered as an accomplished scientist, mentor, and friend to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Alma Brooks of Los Alamos, NM where his father was a senior and distinguished leader of nuclear weapons science during the Manhattan Project through the Cold War era. He is survived by his sister Marcia DeLeon and late brother-in-law Roger DeLeon of Edgewood, NM; his sister Marla Brooks and nephew James Brooks of Los Alamos, NM, and longtime companion Janet Patten of Tallahassee, Fla.

Memorial arrangements are pending. Expressions of condolences may be made at under obituaries. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dr. Brooks’ name to WFSU/NPR, Tallahassee; the American Heart Association or favorite animal shelter.