Brooke grew up outside of St Louis, Missouri and first began family summer visits to Castine in the summer of 1954. Her grandparents moved to Castine from St Louis, Missouri because they were looking for a place in Maine with a hospital nearby, at that time Castine met those requirements.

Brooke’s interest in nursing was fostered by working as a volunteer at the Castine Community Hospital. She then attended Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, later Westbrook College for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Antioch New England where she obtained a Masters in Organizational Development.

Brooke and her husband Gil met in Castine, were married in Castine and retired here in 2008. They lived in Cape Elizabeth, ME for many years. During that time Brooke was a community health and hospice nurse. Brooke and Gil have two sons, Steven and Keith who both live and work in Maine.

Brooke has served on the Castine Historical Society board previously, for two years as the board president and four years as chair of the Exhibit Committee. She looks forward to continuing to be a part of exploring the history of Castine, New England and North America.