BMC Mourns Loss of Dunbar Brooks, Long-Time Planner
Dunbar Brooks, who worked as a planner for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council for 34 years, passed away on Sunday, August 17, at 63 years old.
Dunbar was a vital part of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council family. His genuinely warm personality made him approachable and universally well-liked. He served as a mentor to senior managers and staffers alike, freely sharing his wealth of knowledge and working alongside them to solve problems and create thoughtful, data-driven plans.
Dunbar rose from planner to director of data development, committing his life to public and community service. He always treated those around him with respect, which earned others’ respect, and he made decisions based on his high ethical standards throughout his life and career. He spent much of his long career gathering pertinent U.S. Census, population, household and employment data for the Cooperative Forecasting Group to use in producing the travel demand model, economic research and for long-term transportation planning. His grasp of Census data in particular allowed him to identify key trends.
Dunbar impressed his colleagues with his passion for and commitment to education. The joy he found in his work with the Baltimore County and state boards of education was evident in passing conversations and his volunteerism in the community. He was very giving of his time. Hearts are heavy as BMC’s staff mourns the loss of our beloved friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dunbar’s family during this difficult time.