Monday, February 5, 2024

The AFT Local 1904 Community Mourns the Death of Dr. Kenneth Brook

It is with immense sadness that AFT Local 1904 shares news of the death of Dr. Kenneth Brook, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus. 

Ken was Faculty in the Department of Anthropology for 49 years, starting in September 1970 and retiring in February of 2019. He was active in all aspects of our community, serving as a Faculty member, Department Chair, and University Senator in each of the last 5 decades. In addition, Ken was one of the original members of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1904, holding the position of Chief Negotiator for over 35 years. In all of these endeavors, he left a lasting legacy for the Faculty, Staff, Librarians, and Specialists. He was devoted to our students, and to strengthening their education and sense of self through civically engaged learning. He was resolute in his passion for social justice, steadfast advocacy for the underdog, and unwavering commitment to a diverse student body through affordable education.  Ken was an outstanding leader whose vision touched all areas of the University.

On Wednesday, February 7th, at 11:30am, there will be a public memorial service at the Cedar Park Cemetery Chapel followed by a short graveside service and internment. Directions | Cedar Park and Beth El Cemeteries

It would have been Ken’s desire, should you wish to honor his legacy, that you make a donation to the Union Scholarship that bears his name. To donate to Becker-Keenen-Moore-Brook-Uhia-Waller Scholarship, go to the Montclair State Giving Websiteand when it asks for a “Designation" choose “Other" and enter "Local 1904 Union Scholarship”—then follow the prompts in Memory of Ken Brook.