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Businessman and Educator A. Alvin Brookman Dead at 91

November 2, 2006
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A. Alvin Brookman, 91, a businessman and advocate of social needs, died Oct. 11. He was a resident of Center City.

Brookman served in the Air Force during World War II, where he administered psychological tests to candidates to determine if they were eligible to serve as pilots for the war effort.

Following discharge from military service, he became involved in developing programs and schools for both business and trade. He eventually started the Daryl School of Trades (named for his son David, and daughter Cheryl), which provided quality instruction in the fields of electricity, carpentry and building maintenance, and the Philadelphia Suburban Business School.

Brookman developed rehabilitation programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, where inmates learned skills to enable them to gain employment and become productive members in their return to society.

He was also actively involved in developing a program to rehabilitate seagoing barges for the purpose of housing prisoners and illegal immigrants. But due to his health condition, the plan was curtailed.

A member of the Pannonia Beneficial Association, he was also involved in real estate development.

Brookman is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Leanore Gershman; daughter Cheryl Stumacher; son David Brookman; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to: The Brodsky Associates, c/o Hahnemann Hospital, 230 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

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