Kathy and Warren Brook Safeguard Emory's Heritage
Kathy Brook and Warren Brook 70Ox 72B value history and love architecture, and together they've planned a gift to preserve both at Oxford College, the birthplace of Emory. Their bequest to the college will create an endowment to help preserve Oxford's 19th-century buildings, including Seney Hall, the old chapel, and Language Hall.
"Emory and Oxford have a history that's taken more than 175 years to build. We want to make sure these buildings remain part of the campus community for many years to come," Warren Brook says.
The Brooks cite Language Hall as an example of Oxford's commitment to honoring Emory's heritage. Built in 1874, Language Hall was divided during the 20th century into small classrooms and offices. In 2012 the building was carefully evaluated and restored to its original floor plan, strengthened with modern materials, and equipped with 21st-century teaching technology.
Brook enrolled in Oxford in 1968 expecting to become a dentist, but second-quarter chemistry convinced him he should try a different path, and he majored in business. After retiring early from a career in telecommunications equipment sales, he became a corporate flight attendant.
Now he travels with his spouse and stays involved with Oxford, which he says prepared him for success and gave him lifelong friendships. "Within 24 hours of landing on the Oxford campus, I realized it was the best decision I ever made in my life."
Kathy Brook earned an art degree from the University of Kentucky and worked as a curator of museums and shrines for the state of Kentucky. During that time, she handled nominations for historic buildings to be placed on the national register. She moved to Atlanta in 1972, began a long career in facilities and fleet management, and met Warren.
Soon after, he began inviting her to Oxford Day each year, and today she knows as many Oxford people—and Oxford stories—as he does.
The couple's gift combines their fondness for Oxford and their interest in historic preservation in a creative, lasting way. The staff members in Emory's Office of Gift Planning are experts at making these kinds of connections for people who want to create significant Emory legacies through philanthropy.