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00 John "Jack" Brooks '44
John "Jack" Brooks '44
Title: 2000 Recipient

The Blue and Gray Club established the "Acta Non Verba" Award to biannually honor an individual who has gone far beyond expectations in his or her support of Kings Point Athletics.  The highest honor presented by the Department of Athletics, this award signifies a member of the Kings Point family who has led by "actions, not words."  No man better exemplifies these traits than the fourth recipient of this award, John Brooks '44.

John Brooks began his association with Kings Point when he entered the Academy's basic training course at San Mateo, California early in World War II as a Midshipman. On completion of basic training, he was assigned to and sailed to the South Pacific War Zone aboard the SS Richard Henderson, a new Liberty Ship. Upon returning from the Pacific, he was assigned as a Midshipman to the SS Santa Margarita that sailed to the North Africa, Persian Gulf, and India war zones.

Following his graduation in early 1944, he entered the US Navy as an engineering officer and sailed aboard the USS Alandale, an assault transport, as first assistant engineer and later as chief engineer. The USS Alandale was part of the landing force on various Pacific Islands, including on the first day of the occupation of Japan that ended the war. On release to inactive duty, Mr. Brooks was employed by the American Hawaiian Steamship Company as a night and relief engineer while he attended Heralds Engineering College during the day. He graduated receiving a degree in mechanical engineering. He was then employed as a marine design engineer by Moore Drydock Company in Oakland, CA converting wartime ships to commercial use.

Deciding to alter his career path, Mr. Brooks took a part-time job as a real estate salesman while he attended San Francisco's Lincoln University Law School. By the time he had completed his course of study in law, he had bought out his real-estate partners, propelling himself towards a lifelong career as owner of various real estate companies. John Brooks has built numerous homes, apartments, shopping centers, and new town projects in several states.

In addition to being an engineer, lawyer, and real estate developer, John has always had a love of philanthropy and most of all, athletics for young people. Involved in many civic and charitable activities, John was elected to the office of Northern Chairman of the Democratic Party in California. In addition, he was appointed by the Governor to various state commissions including the Commission for Economic Development and the Commission for Judicial Performance.

Mr. Brooks has been responsible for numerous recreational and educational facilities and pro­ grams in various communities. He has donated substantial sums for medical research at Stanford Medical Center. As a thank you gift to Kings Point for the training received that set a course for his life, he made a donation to renovate the field house for Kings Point Athletics. The John Brooks  Fieldhouse stands adjacent to Upper and Lower Roosevelt Fields just outside the Academy’s Gates. The Fieldhouse contains a fully-equipped athletic training facility and the soccer and baseball locker-rooms. Officially, Brooks Fieldhouse was dedicated on May 1, 1996 before nearly 125 Kings Pointers. John Brooks made possible the full interior renovation of the Fieldhouse through an endowment gift to the Athletic Association. It was the first endowment that the Blue and Gray Club has received.

John Brooks has been an integral part in the support of the Blue & Gray Club. In addition to the work he has done for the Fieldhouse, Mr. Brooks has also made a donation to the renovation of Tomb Field that was completed this summer. An advocate of all Kings Point athletics and Midshipmen, there is no doubt that John Brooks is most deserving of this award and will always be remembered as a model for all Midshipmen.