to Honor Dexter Brooks
(from left): Larry Brooks, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors and Lela
Dexter Brooks, senior
resident Superior Court judge for Robeson County, died on March 6 after
a long illness.
Friends and relatives
remember him as a man who championed justice. Newspapers eulogized him
as an "agent of change," and, "one of the most influential
Robesonians of the second half of the last century."
In April, his brother
Larry Brooks contributed $5,000 to establish a Judge Dexter Brooks Endowed
Memorial Scholarship at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
He pledged an additional $1,000 per year for each of the next five years.
Dexter don't come along often," Mr. Brooks said. "He worked
for equity and fairness for all people, and, as a judge, Dexter worked
to promote racial harmony."
The Brooks family
invites friends of Judge Brooks to honor his memory by making contributions
to the scholarship. For information, please call the Office of Advancement
"We want to
create a lasting memory for him," Mr. Brooks said. "In his
later years, Dexter took a real interest in mentoring and counseling
"To help other
young people, I believe this is an appropriate tribute to him,"
he said. "It is our hope that others will share in this memorial."
The first friend
of Judge Brooks to contribute to the scholarship was UNCP Chancellor
Allen C. Meadors. Judge Brooks presided over the swearing in ceremony
of Chancellor Meadors on Dec. 15, 1999.
was one of the first people in this community to welcome me," Chancellor
Meadors. "I really appreciated that, and I valued his guidance
Judge Brooks was
the first Native American to serve as a Superior Court judge in Robeson
County when he was appointed in 1988.
Larry Brooks and
his daughter Lela Brooks Woodell contributed the funds through their
Pembroke business, Lela Anne's Learning Center, a daycare center serving
children from birth to age 12.
A 1971 UNCP graduate
and principal of Pembroke Elementary School, Larry Brooks said his family
has a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the university.
"My wife Elizabeth
and I and three of our children are graduates," he said. "We
are all beholden to this university."
As an endowed scholarship,
the principal of the gift remains as a perpetual memorial, and interest
is used for scholarships.
With the gift, Larry
and his daughter Lela become members of the Chancellor's Club of donors
to the university.
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