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Lynndon Broks, UW-Madison Agricultural Engineer, Dead At 77

Lynndon A. Brooks, emeritus professor of agricultural engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died Dec. 27, 2002 at his home in Madison. He was 77 years old.

Brooks joined the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the UW-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 1950 as project leader of the Electric Research Farm, a post he held until 1960, when he was appointed assistant professor and rural electrification specialist with UW-Extension.

His activities and publications focused on milking equipment, milk cooling, mechanical farmstead equipment, ventilation, corn drying, efficient use of electricity, and stray voltage. He also coordinated the 4-H Electric Energy Project.

Brooks was active on many American Society of Agricultural Engineers national committees, and chaired the Electrical Power and Processing Division in 1967-68. He served on the National Food and Energy Council, and received the council”s Distinguished Service Award in 1985.

Brooks coordinated the establishment of the Wisconsin Farm Electric Council and served as its treasurer for 25 years. From 1977 to 1985 he served as secretary-manager of Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, Inc., and he was active in the North American Farm Show Council, serving as president in 1983-84.

Brooks was born June 16, 1925 in Kaukauna, Wis., and grew up on a farm near Berlin, Wis. He earned degrees in agriculture,, civil engineering, and agricultural engineering from the UW-Madison. He retired from the UW-Madison as professor emeritus in 1987.

Brooks is survived by his wife, Norma; son Gregory and daughter Carol, both of Madison; three grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison. Memorials may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church Foundation, Oakwood Foundation Inc., or the University of Wisconsin Foundation (Lynndon A. Brooks Scholarship).