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Obituary: Maurice E. Brockman

Maurice E. Brockman, age 85, died peacefully at home on Sept. 3. Born in Alexandria, Ind., he was the son of Lova and Charles Brockman.

He was a lifelong lover of learning, starting with George Williams College and concluding his education at Christian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. In 1973 he was ordained an Elder with the United Methodist Church.

He worked at Western Union and Postal Telegraph then General Motors in Anderson, Ind. He was a World War II Veteran serving in the army signal corps doing radio, teletype and cable operations.

He was Administrative Director at Mount Vernon from 1952 to 1967.

He was a lifelong lover of camping and had an interest in the developmentally disadvantaged. He recruited, trained and directed staff at Camp Achim and Strongheart. He served as the director at Camp Letts and Tapawingo. He also worked with Boy Scouts, Boys Clubs of America, the Red Cross, many church youth groups, United Way, PTA, Vision World Wide, Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility and Peppergrass Home Owners Association. In 2002 he was named Older Hoosier of the Year, being recognized for being the Stateā€šs longest advocate for people with disabilities. Most recently he worked as treasurer and membership secretary with the American Council for the Blind.

He is survived by his sister, Estella Schacht, a son David E. Brockman, a daughter Teresa Littrell, four grandchildren, Nicole Littrell, Benjamin Littrell, Sara Littrell and Ana Brockman, and four great-grandchildren, Socrates Maurice Howard, Malachi Howard, Donovan Howard and Kison Hanson.

He donated his body to the Anatomical Education Program of the Indiana University School of Medicine. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held Nov. 3, 2007 at 2 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, Bloomington.