The following note and appreciation was written by Jenny Lind Olin.    

I got a phone call today from the Medical Examiner and a Sheriff’s Deputy. They tell me Richard Brooks died Wed. March 8 of natural causes. I don’t think there was any foul play, but I think his medicine, life style, and poor health did him in. Was that natural?

Richard was a member of the Center For Inquiry, Skeptics, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He also taught classes as well as being a student in many classes including Readers Theatre, and worked in the office as a volunteer for many years. He was a standardized patient for the USF Medical students. He attended The Carrollwood Players, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Gorilla Theatre, Jobsite Theatre, Hat Trick Theatre, StageWorks Theatre, Masque Theater and USF Theater.

He was a Democrat and helped me in my endeavors to work my precinct. He was a member of the ACLU, Sierra Club, Tampa Jazz Club. He would attend the Metropolitan Opera simulcast at the local theater. He belonged to a Fantasy Football group

Richard was born in 1944 and raised in Ohio. He was in the Air Force, serving in Germany and Vietnam. Afterwards he returned to Tampa and worked for Tampa Electric until his retirement several years ago.
He was a very intelligent man as evidenced by his great sense of humor.

I saw him at the USF Spring Dance and spoke to him briefly. I also saw him at the Monday night Jazz at USF, but didn’t get a chance to speak to him. I had just finished removing the crossword puzzles from the last two Sunday papers which I save for him, and then went in to listen to my phone messages. He did live longer than he predicted he would.Jenny Lind Olin.