The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0045  Sunday, 1 Feburary 2009

From:      Jim Harner <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:      Saturday, 31 Jan 2009 16:26:46 -0600
Subject:   Obituary for Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks, editor of Shakespeare Yearbook, died on 27 January 2009. 
His obituary can be found at

Jim Harner

[Editor's Note: Doug Brooks's Obituary follows. -HMC]

Douglas A. Brooks, 52, associate professor of English at Texas A&M 
University, died on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 27). He was in treatment for 
cancer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and was hospitalized at the time 
of his death.

[ . . . ]

Dr. Brooks came to Texas A&M in September 1997 and had been an English 
faculty member for 11 years. His area of concentration is early modern 
literature in English with focuses on drama, book history, and gender 
studies. A popular and engaging teacher, Dr. Brooks' passion for the 
classroom had been recognized with two university teaching awards. He 
coordinated the Liberal Arts Honors Program for several years. In 
addition, Dr. Brooks spent countless hours mentoring students at Texas A&M.

A respected scholar, Dr. Brooks served as editor of the Shakespeare 
Yearbook, an international journal of Shakespeare scholarship. He had 
edited four books, authored 10 journal articles and 10 book chapters. He 
was working on a new manuscript at the time of his passing.

Dr. Brooks especially loved Shakespeare, and took great strides to 
introduce students to the English author. He was selected to deliver the 
very first Freshman Academic Convocation at Texas A&M in August 2003. 
The title of his presentation was "A Tale of Two Shakespeares." He 
served as faculty advisor for the Texas A&M Shakespeare Festival during 
his 11 years at the university.

In an email to English majors, Dr. Jimmie Killingsworth, professor of 
English and head of the department said:  "Like you, I was honored to 
know Douglas Brooks, to spend time in the glow of his brilliance, to 
hear his zany laugh, and have him as a close friend and colleague. We 
will all miss him."

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