Land Surveying Trailblazer Dies
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Posted by: Burk Cornelius
Dear Burk Cornelius
The first woman land surveyor in Oklahoma died Monday, June 24, 2019. Marilyn Brooks worked in land development for Cunningham Judd and Cunningham Graves in Oklahoma and Texas, respectively. Stanley Coalter, her supervisor at Cunningham Graves encouraged her to get her first surveying license in Texas. She also achieved her licenses in California, Arizona and Nevada. In the early 1990's, she was the first woman to achieve a surveying license in Oklahoma.
She graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1959. Marilyn attended Oklahoma State University when women were only allowed to study certain fields. She started her career at Topographic as a draftsman in the 1960’s, as the first full-time Oklahoma City office employee. John Keating, the founder of Topographic, credited her as a key factor in the company’s early growth.
She was a partner with her nephew Alan at Brooks Land Surveying and Mapping in Durant, Oklahoma from 2004 to 2011 when she retired.
Born in Buffalo Oklahoma on January 19, 1941, Marilyn Brooks was the fourth of four children to Leo and Mary Brooks. She departed this world peacefully on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Denison Hospital, in Denison, Texas.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her mother Mary and father Leo Brooks, as well as her brothers Tom Brooks and John Brooks, and sister in law Nancy Hundley Brooks. She is survived by her brother Chester (Marla), as well as her sisters-in-law Judy and Martha. She is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews and their families, and by her very good friends who were all as close as family to her.
The memorial service for Marilyn Brooks will be Friday, June 28 at Community Christian Church located at 5325 W University in Durant, Oklahoma. Family hour will be at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 a.m.