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Rose Mary Codell BrooksRose Mary Codell Brooks invested her time, energy and material resources in efforts aimed at helping others through volunteerism. A native of Winchester, she earned bachelor degrees in biological sciences and home economics from William and Mary and a master’s degree in home economics education from the University of Kentucky in 1938.

During the 1940s, she taught home economics at Murray State University and Winthrop College in South Carolina. She served as assistant state superintendent of home economics in North Carolina.

After the birth of her children, Brooks focused her attention on parenting but also began to volunteer in her spare time, helping to found the Winchester-Clark County Public Library. She nurtured the library for many years as a volunteer and as a member of the board of trustees.

She has served on more than 40 boards, organizations and committees. She has received numerous awards and recognition among them the 1981 Sullivan Award from UK, 1985 College of Human Environmental Sciences Outstanding Alumna Award and the 1992 Lexington YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award.

Brooks was a Smithsonian Institution associate and in 2000, the People to People Ambassador Program appointed her as the Kentucky delegate to travel to South Africa.

Her interests were diverse and encompassed her profession of home economics, women’s issues, history and the arts. She championed equal rights for women and was the first female on various boards and commission. She was the first woman on the International Pension Fund of her church, the only woman on the state advisory council for vocational education, the only female trustee of her church, and the first woman chairperson of the Lexington Theological Seminary board, a position she held for three terms.

Brooks died in 2009.