Alumni Profile: Maurice Brooks ChE’47
Maurice Brooks was born in 1922 in Connecticut, spent his early years in Los Angeles, and then at age 8, moved to New York City following his father’s death. He studied in the Night Engineering School at Cooper while working during the day as a draftsman at C.E. Lummus. He interrupted his studies at The Cooper Union to serve in the US Army. He was in the Army from 1944 to 1946. He witnessed the surrender of the Japanese to General McArthur on a ship in 1945. He graduated from The Cooper Union in 1947. He did graduate work at Brooklyn Poly Tech, and at New York University.
He spent his full career at C.E. Lummus. He became a general manager at Lummus in Paris in 1954. He spent 6 years in Paris helping to rebuild Western Europe following the war. He became the director of C.E. Lummus Engineering in NYC in 1956 and VP of C.E. Lummus in Bloomfield, NJ in 1960. He became an Executive VP in 1974 and President of C.E. Lummus in 1978.
In 1960, Maurice Brooks along with Valentine Mekler won an AICHE Tyler Award for the paper, “New Development in Delayed Coking” which was published in 1959. He published several technical papers and also held 8 patents.
Maurice Brooks received a Cooper Union Presidential Citation in 1965 and a CUAA Gano Dunn Award in 1976. He was inducted into The Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009.
Maurice Brooks passed away in 2018.
Marquis Who’s Who published in 2001
Obituary, New York Times, January 9 2018 link