In Memoriam: Marcellus Brooks (1941-2012)

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Marcellus Brooks, assistant professor of Spanish at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, died last month at a hospital in Nashville. He was 70 years old.

A native of Memphis, Brooks graduated from Fisk University in 1964. He went on to earn a master’s degree from New York University in conjunction with the University of Madrid. Brooks spent his entire professional career on the faculty at Fisk University. In addition to teaching Spanish, he served as chair of the modern language department and as director of the division of humanities and fine arts.

In 1974 he initiated the Fisk Study Abroad Program. Through the years he took groups of students on trips to Mexico, Africa, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Spain, and other countries in Africa and South America.

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