Born in England in 1902, Eric Brooks was a teacher by profession. He joined the ACC in 1929 and, until his death in 2001, Eric devoted much of his energy to the Club. While representing the ACC at the Alpine Club centenary in London, he was made an Honorary Member of that club. He acted for many years as the Camp Manager of the General Mountaineering Camp. Few members have made such a significant contribution to the Club over such a prolonged period of time. But Eric’s contribution to the Club was not restricted to his lifetime. As part of his estate, Eric bequeathed $50,000 to the Club on the condition that the annual investment income be used to support the publication of the ACC’s Canadian Alpine Journal.
A volunteer leadership award was named after Eric Brooks in 2005. Eric Brooks was ACC President from 1941 to 1947 and Honorary President from 1954 to 1964.
Eric Brooks was awarded the Alpine Club of Canada’s A.O. Wheeler Legacy Award in 1995, Honorary Membership in 1969 and the Silver Rope for Leadership in 1937.