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Arthur Tepper Brooks

September 9, 2019 03:05 pm

Arthur Tepper Brooks passed away on September 7, 2019 one month short of his 102 birthday.

He is survived by his adored wife of 73 years Judith, his daughters Lori and Louise, his son-in-law Bob Salzman and his granddaughters Talia and Aramie Brooks-Salzman. He will be buried next to his oldest daughter Teppy who died in 1980. Born in Elmira New York on October 29, 1917 Art moved to Hudson in 1948 where was the President of Lorbrook Corporation located at 730 State Street, Hudson. He graduated in 1939 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in economics. After college he worked in his father’s department store Tepper’s in Asbury Park New Jersey until he enlisted in the Army in 1941. While stationed in Wales, with troops preparing for the D-Day invasion, he recalled German planes flying overhead. Art landed on the beach of Normandy France on D-day plus 5. He was a Captain of 111th Ordnance Division, US Army. Art was in Paris two days after it was liberated. After returning home in 1945 he met Judith Lorch in January 1946. They fell in love and they were married that July. This year Judy and Art celebrated their 73 wedding anniversary.

In 1948 he moved with Judy to Hudson to join his father-in-law Adolf Lorch and together operated Lorbrook Corp., formerly Textile By-Products later becoming its president.

Art was an active member of Anshe Emeth Synagogue for many years and for 24 years he served on the Board of Directors of Columbia Memorial Hospital. Art and Judy pursued a life long passion for world travel. Judy and Art were former residents of Jupiter, Florida where they lived for 35 years. Art was a generous supporter of charities including the Southern Poverty Law Center and Planned Parenthood. Contributions in his memory can be made to those organizations. Art was a life long proud Democrat whose core values were defined by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms - Freedom of speech; Freedom of worship. Freedom from want and Freedom from fear.

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