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10/10/06-Tyler

Former Tyler Principal Joan Brooks Dies

Tyler's first female high school principal has passed away.  74 year old Joan Brooks died from complications from cancer treatment. She began her career as a teacher, assistant principal and then the principal at John Tyler High School.  Today, KLTV 7 spoke with some East Texans who worked along side Joan and knew her best.

"She valued education, education to Joan Brooks was very important not just for her life but the well being of school and the greater community," says C.C. Baker, friend of Joan Brooks.

Joan became John Tyler's High School principal in 1982 after C.C. Baker left.  Baker can't believe his friend of 35 years has died.  

"It was a real shock to me because the last time Joan and I visited fairly recently she seemed to be doing well with the cancer," says Baker.

Joan's friends remember her as an inspiration to all she came in contact with.  

"When I was principal of Lee and she became principal of John Tyler and I attempted to help her.  But the reality was Joan helped me more than I helped her because she was just that kind of person.  Even the cross town rival, at Robert E. Lee, I admired her, so much and appreciated her so much," says Billy Hall, friend of Joan Brooks.

Gladys Johnson says Joan's passion was to build a better community.  

"Always out to help young people.  She was an advocate for children and always thinking in terms of their needs and making them aware that they could be the best... if they wanted to be the best," says Gladys Johnson, friend of Joan Brooks.

Johnson says Joan's life should be a role model for the young, old and those in-between.  

Joan Brooks' funeral services have been set for noon this Saturday at First Baptist Church in Tyler.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

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