Joseph E. Brooks

Joseph E. BrooksWe sadly note the passing in January of Joseph E. Brooks, a longtime supporter of HAI and a member of our International Advisory Council (IAC).

According his obituary in The New York Times, Mr. Brooks “doubled the size of the Lord & Taylor chain and made its flagship New York store a showplace of spectacle, including elaborate retail stagecraft and a daily morning rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.'”

Victoria Brooks Stafford, his daughter who now serves on the IAC, said that Mr. Brooks’ commitment and dedication to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS is best summarized by a quote from Winston Churchill, whom he loved. “A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis of all human morality.”