In his career as superintendent of Aiken County schools, Dr. Joseph Brooks always welcomed educators and new ideas.
“He was really nice and so open,” said Beverly Clyburn, who worked as a counselor at South Aiken High School during Brooks’ tenure. “His door was always open.”
The 81-year-old, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June, died Friday.
Brooks served as superintendent for eight years before retiring in 1995. Before he became head of the system, Brooks taught and served as a district administrator in North Carolina.
Bill Clyburn was introduced to Brooks while principal at Aiken High School, but their relationship strengthened after Clyburn became a member of the state House and they continued to work one on one on issues.
“He always emphasized the importance of open lines of communication with those who made laws as they relate to education,” Clyburn recalled. “I found him through those kinds of contact to be a real true educator and one who was good for the county.”
His family plans a memorial service next month, the Aiken Standard reported.