The Alan & Gwen Nelson Lifetime Student Award

Herb and Dee Brooks

Herbert Brooks 

Herb Brooks was born in Washington, D.C. in December 1948 and lived in the DC region for the rest of his life.  He and his wife, Dee, were college sweethearts and married in 1971.  Herb graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Business, with a major in finance.  He was employed at the Securities and Exchange Commission from the time of his graduation until his retirement in May 2012.  Among many accolades and honors during his employment, Herb was selected for the “Distinguished Service Award,” the highest and most prestigious one given by the SEC.  He graduated and received a law degree from George Mason University in 1977.  Herb also served in the United States Marine Corps, United States Army, and the Maryland National Guard.  In addition, Herb also served on the Board of Trustees for St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Washington, D.C.  After his retirement, he and Dee enrolled in George Mason University, auditing classes beginning in the Spring of 2013.  They continued their studies taking two courses each Spring and Fall Semester, primarily choosing history and art history, areas which they both enjoyed and found intellectually stimulating.  In fact, Herb attended and was enthused about the history classes he was taking on August 28, 2019, just prior to his unexpected death later that day.  In addition to the course work, Herb enjoyed spending time with his 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and numerous friends.   

Dee Brooks 

Dee Brooks was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  When she was 7 years old, she moved to Miami, Florida, where she remained until attending and graduating from the University of Maryland, College of Arts and Sciences.  Shortly thereafter, in June 1971, she and Herb Brooks were married.   Dee graduated and received a law degree from George Mason University in 1977.  She was subsequently employed at the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review, in which she addressed factual, legal, and constitutional issues affecting a person placed in immigration proceedings.  Dee retired after 38 years of government service in January 2010, in order to spend more time with a new granddaughter.  After her husband’s retirement, Dee and Herb pursued further academic studies together at George Mason University, beginning in the Spring of 2013.  They continued primarily taking history and art history courses – finding the instructors extremely competent, professional, knowledgeable, and energetic.  In addition, Dee enjoys cooking, travelling, and like her husband, spending time with her family and friends.