Aug. 23, 1931 – June 10, 2015
Gardner T. Brookings of Williamsville, longtime Erie Community College professor who was an accomplished scale modeler, died June 10 at Beechwood Continuing Care in Getzville from complications of leukemia. He was 83.
Born in Port Chester, he graduated from Rye High School and earned a master of science degree in civil engineering from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
While serving in the Navy, he was deployed to Spain in 1953, where he served as an advance team member that surveyed sites and arranged the construction of the future Naval Station Rota, a strategic base during the Cold War that continues in operation today.
A professor of civil engineering, Mr. Brookings taught at Erie Community College from 1968 to 1998. Previously, he worked at Glar-Ban Inc. on Harlem Road from 1965 to 1968 and Union Carbide Linde Division in Tonawanda from 1962 to 1965.
After retirement, Mr. Brookings continued to render expertise, skill, knowledge and experience in the field of engineering, working part time at Hartman Engineering in Clarence until this year.
A highly accomplished and renowned scale modeler, he specialized in historic boats, ships and railroad equipment. To assure the highest fidelity of scale and historic detail, he performed exhaustive research and often built models guided by original construction plans. Models and items from his extensive library are in the curation process at the Buffalo Maritime Center and the Medina Railroad Museum.
Survivors include two sons, William and Phillip; and a daughter, Polly.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. June 23 in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.