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In Memory of John Brokaw

John Parkinson Brokaw, Ph.D., 66, Indianapolis, died February 17 of a heart attack. For more than 32 years, he served as a music teacher and administrator in France, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Germany for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. After serving as administrator of schools in the Philippines and Japan, his last position included seven years as principal of Patch American High School, located on Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany, at European Command headquarters. He was active in the Department of Defense Overseas Schools Retirement Community.

Originally from Shelbyville, he began his teaching career as a music teacher for Fowler High School, Fowler, Indiana, in 1959. He spent three years there, before going overseas, working with a variety of great band directors, including the legendary Al G. Wright, Ph.D., Purdue University's former band director.

Founding father in 1954 of the Indiana Delta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, he most recently served as secretary of the board of directors. He also was serving his second term as president of Indianapolis Computer Society after being membership leader and special interest group leader. As a member of Crestview Christian Church, he was serving as head deacon. He also was serving as a Northwest Radiology Network courier. In addition, he was active in the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed sponsoring overseas students, visiting nursing home patients and corresponding with prison inmates.

Reverend Jim Horner will officiate at a memorial service to be held on Saturday, February 24, at 2:00 p.m. at Carmony-Ewing Funeral Home in Shelbyville, Indiana. Survivors include cousins Martha Jo Shelby, Lafayette, Jann Lyall, Fort Worth, Texas, and Linda Gail Hughes, M.A., Indianapolis. He will be buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, next to his late parents, Florence Moscelyn "Minnie" Brokaw and Weldon Parkinson Brokaw.

 


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