Remembering Our Friend Brooke R. Whitted

His legacy is immense. He was a wonderful, warm and powerful force, who helped families in some of their darkest times. He will be deeply missed.

1946 - 2014

We are terribly saddened to report that our friend and colleague, Brooke Whitted, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Brooke started his life’s journey of making thousands of lives better at an early age, after graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1968 with a psychology degree and working as a probation officer for the Juvenile Court of Cook County in 1969. During his years as a probation officer between 1969 and 1980, Brooke received additional training on family and group therapies from the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Juvenile Research, and also held a part-time position as an adolescent group therapy leader at a local mental health clinic.

After the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) was first enacted in 1977, Brooke realized a greater potential by graduating from John Marshall Law School in 1978 and becoming an attorney specializing in special education law, child welfare, and mental health laws.  Brooke practiced as a managing partner of his own firm beginning in 1980, and throughout the next 34 years, he spent his life using his creative mind and positive energy to help parents, professionals and institutions enrich the lives of their children, patients and students.

Brooke’s passion for developing and implementing child-focused educational practices continued on within his service as a Board member, and later Board President, for the Leslie Shankman School Corporation (“LSSC”), a not-for-profit organization which operates the Hyde Park Day School (a special education day school specializing in gifted, learning disabled students) and the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (a special education residential facility dedicated to serving children with emotional disabilities).

Brooke also shared his expertise over the years by serving as board member for numerous other education and mental health boards, including the National Runaway Switchboard, the Marx Memorial Fund, the Community and Residential Services Authority, National-Louis University, the ISBE Bullying and Prevention of Sexual Abuse Task Forces, Glenview/Northbrook Youth Services, Heartspring, Glenkirk, Shelter, Inc., and the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation.   He also taught special education and mental health law classes for a variety of Illinois universities, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University, and the University of Chicago.

Brooke was one of the most caring individuals we have known – he dedicated his life and service to those around him. He saved children’s lives by getting them the services they needed and helped school districts develop and implement child-focused educational practices. Brooke helped plan and create schools that have helped multitudes, and that will continue to help children and their families far into the future.

His legacy is immense. He was a wonderful, warm and powerful force, who helped families in some of their darkest times.

He will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:

The HIGASHI HONGANJI Buddhist temple
505 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013


The Leslie Shankman School Corporation
6254 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

A Brooke Whitted Memorial Fund donation button is on both home pages below:

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