Donation Supports Ogura Learning Center

The Department of Otolaryngology received $20,632 from the late Jack E. Brooks, MD and his wife Virginia Brooks. The gift is directed to support the Ogura Learning Center. Dr. Brooks passed away from natural causes January 28, 2012 at his home in Phoenix at the age of 96. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 16, 1915 to Sonia and Isaac Brooks. He completed his undergraduate degree in Chicago and then graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1938. Jack completed his internship and residency in Otolaryngology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. After his residency Jack did a head and neck fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After his fellowship Jack entered the Army where he was chosen, along with four other physicians, to open and staff the hospital in Los Alamos, New Mexico. This hospital served the military personnel along with the scientists and their families who were brought together for the Manhattan Project. In 1948, Jack married Virginia Handley, R.N., whom he met at Cook County Hospital. Virginia also served at Los Alamos during WWII. They moved to Phoenix where Jack established his ENT practice. At the time of his death, Dr. Brooks and his wife had been married 64 years.