Curtis Marvin Brooks
Norfolk – Curtis Marvin Brooks, 79, of Norfolk, died March 20, 2017 at Thornton Hall. He was born April 22, 1937, to Emma Rebecca McGuiggan Brooks and George Edward Brooks of Norfolk. Curtis graduated from Maury High School, received a B.A. in English from Old Dominion University (1964), and the M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1971) in English from the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Navy (1957-1962), taught at the University of Virginia Engineering School, Humanities Division; at Old Dominion University, in the English Department and later in Philosophy; and in several schools of the Virginia Community College system.
His wide-ranging interests in science, philosophy, literature, and music led to a varied career involving college teaching, Department of Defense research, and regular piano jobs at a number of Tidewater restaurants. As well as contributing to the traditional academic disciplines, he excelled at integrating his interests by developing courses in the history of science and technology, medical and business ethics, and examining how the arts, sciences, and social/economic trends formed world culture.
He is survived by daughter, Felicia Lee Brooks of Charlottesville and grandson Zachary Draim; son Christopher Brooks and grand-daughter Cheyanne McKenzie Brooks, of Houston. He was predeceased by son, Elliott McGuiggan Brooks of Charlottesville, father of his grand-daughters Emma and Ivy Brooks. He is also survived by sister Laura Lee Brooks Gannaway (John M.) of Leesburg, VA, niece Rebecca Mae Gannaway Madigan (James) and family of Leesburg, VA, nephew John E. Gannaway (Jennifer) and family of Hamilton, VA, and niece Kimberley Kay Gannaway Grant (Dr. Joel) and family of Middletown, VA.
Curtis’s cremains will be inurned at Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA. A memorial reception will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at vacremationsociety.com. Memorial information will be updated on website as it arises.