Don D. Brothers
Don D. Brothers passed away on September 23, in Durham, North Carolina. He was born on July 24, 1926 in Evanston, Illinois, son of Willis and Florence (Carlson) Brothers. He lived his early life in Illinois and Minnesota and went on to graduate from Carleton College with honors in geology. He married Phyllis Donaldson on May 30th, 1952 in Tracy, Minnesota. He did graduate work at Pennsylvania State University and at the University of Minnesota. Don was a boy scout in his youth, becoming an Eagle Scout at 18. He was a early member of the Pine Bend Association in St. Paul, Minnesota and a lifelong supporter. He continued his dedication to the Boys Scouts in Blue Ridge Summit by serving in an advisory capacity for many years. Mr. Brothers served in the Navy during World War II as a carpenter's mate. After the war, he served on the USS Begor during testing of the atom bomb at Bikini Atoll in 1946. He spent his 50 year career as a geologist specializing in geological exploration, mineral processing work, and quarry development throughout North America for the production of roofing granules. For the company GAF, he developed a manufacturing method for creating roofing shingles that is used today as the standard. He was a member of the Society of Mining Engineers. He resided in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania for 50 years. He was an elder of Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church and served as President of the board of trustees numerous times. He also served on the Waynesboro, Pennsylvania school board as assistant treasurer. He was an active member of the Elks Club and Waynesboro Coin club, as well as a lifetime bridge aficionado, playing frequently with friends and family until very near the end of his life. He was an avid golfer at the Waynesboro Country Club. He built strong connections with relatives in Sweden, frequently traveling there and hosting visitors. Don was an early pioneer in environmentalism, believing and demonstrating that a grassroots effort to recycle water and materials is the path to a healthy, sustainable planet. He developed and implemented a graywater irrigation system for residential use over thirty years ago, something that has only recently become part of the mainstream. Mr. Brothers is survived by his wife of 64 years, Phyllis (Donaldson) Brothers, three children, Tom of Durham, NC, Ann of Allentown, PA, and John of Braintree MA and six grandchildren. Private services were held for immediate family.
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