Bill R. Brooks ’54 has recently given $50,000 to Mays Business School to establish the Mr. and Mrs. Bill R. Brooks ’54 Dean’s Endowed Scholarship.

Brooks is an active donor, giving funds to a number of Texas A&M University organizations. He is a member of the Texas A&M Legacy Society, Endowed Century Club, an Eppright Distinguished Donor, and has given generously to the Corps of Cadets. “I have a deep feeling that everyone should pay their part of any organization to which they belong,” said Brooks. “So when my grandson, Brooks Keller, was admitted to Mays Business School to join the class of 2013, I became a part of Mays Business School. Now it’s my turn to pay my part and make a fair contribution.”

When Brooks attended Texas A&M, college life was very different. During his days in the Corps of Cadets, business classes were held in converted army barracks located on the northeast side of the campus. Brooks remarked that it was a long walk from the Quad, where corps members resided.

“Through their support of many aspects of Texas A&M University, the Brooks’ generosity has touched the lives of thousands of Aggies,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “Their most recent gift to Mays Business School will provide many future business leaders with the opportunity to obtain a world-class education.”

Before finishing his college education, Brooks received a commission to the United States Air Force. He returned to Texas A&M to finish his degree, receiving a job before the end of his last semester. Brooks began his 40-year career in the fringe benefit business with Aetna Life Insurance Company, and later formed his own firm, which he led until his retirement in 1998. Additionally, Brooks remained in the Air Force Reserves, retiring in 1978.

Brooks has two daughters, one in the class of 1981, and three grandchildren.