R.I.P. Carol Brooks
From the International Right of Way Association:
The IRWA is extremely saddened to have learned of the passing of IRWA instructor, course author, magazine columnist, and mentor Carol Brooks, SR/WA.
Carol has made a tremendous amount of contributions to the IRWA's education and instructor development programs over the years, and her passing will leave a deep void in our hearts.
She served as Vice Chair of IRWA's Partnership for Infrastructure Professional Education (2015-2018); authored Course 100 - Principles of Land Acquisition (in-person and online); served as the VEIT instructor for C100 Online and Course 213 Online - Conflict Management; and wrote a regular column titled, "Back to Basics" for Right of Way Magazine (2010-2014), which focused on effective communication skills, communication etiquette, team-building management and the art of negotiations.
She was a recipient of the Louise L. & Y. T. Lum Award for distinguished contribution to education for the right of way professional. She also earned the Mark A. Green Award for Journalistic Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Right of Way Magazine. Additionally, she was a frequent workshop speaker at the IRWA’s Annual Education Conference.
She once said, “Right of way professionals exemplify the public good and I want them to have all the communication tools to become the best they can be, and serve our citizens in an exemplary manner.”
Her goal was always to create critical thinkers in her classroom and prepare her students to return to their respective jobs better than when they arrived on the first day of class. She certainly did that, and so much more. She was a consummate professional who instilled a wealth of knowledge and expertise in every student she has taught over the course of nearly two decades as an instructor.
Our thoughts are with Carol's family. We wish them peace, strength and comfort during this extremely difficult time.
A great way to honor Carol's legacy with the IRWA is to take Course 213 - Conflict Management, taught by Carol and recorded for posterity. For more information: www.pathlms.com/irwa/courses/7531
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