Rev. John Brooks Changed Lives and History's Course

The Reverend John Brooks Courtesy College of the Holy Cross

Clarence Thomas and Ted Wells are not prone to letting emotions overwhelm then. And yet I’ve seen both of them—the Supreme Court justice and the top trial lawyer, respectively—fight back tears when talking about one man: Rev. John Brooks, S.J. Father Brooks transformed their lives when they were at the College of the Holy Cross in the late 1960s, and he remained their mentor and friend until Monday. On July 2, Brooks died at the age of 88.

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