J. Brooke Aker ’50

J. Brooke Aker ’50 died on December 2, 2020 in Worcester, Pennsylvania. 

(The following was published by R.L. Williams Funeral Home on December 2, 2020)

Brooke Aker, 91, of Worcester, PA, died peacefully on December 2, 2020, at his home at Meadowood Senior Living, Worcester, PA.

He will be sorely missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Born May 22, 1929, in Norristown, PA, a son of James and Marguerite (Brooke) Aker, he grew up in suburban Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1949 and received his law degree from Harvard University in 1952. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Montgomery and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

As an attorney in Norristown, PA, he specialized in Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Trust Administration. He was a partner with Smith, Aker, Grossman & Hollinger LLP. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for twenty-two consecutive years (1987 – 2009). In addition, he authored numerous law books, including Pennsylvania Probate and Interpretation of Wills; Law of Wills in Pennsylvania; Mental Capacity: Legal and Medical Aspects of Assessment and Treatment; Law of Wills (among others). He was also Co-editor of the Fiduciary Review and Fiduciary Reporter.

He was a voracious reader, an avid snow skier, sailor, and tennis player, and enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling with his wife, his family, and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Sweet), Aker; his brother, Leland, of Port St. Lucie FL; his four children, Stacie Thorsen of Port Charlotte, FL, Kendal Rautzhan of Lewisburg, PA, Brooke Aker of West Hartford, CT, and Eric Aker of Collegeville, PA; his five grandchildren, Morgan, Alex, Ryan, Olivia, and Adam, great-grandson, Connor; two daughters-in-law, Carlette and Nancy, and son-in-law, Van.

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