Press Release (ePRNews.com) - CLEVELAND - Apr 22, 2020 - Marvin Brooks and Gail Brooks Tubbs, Nate Brooks’ siblings, announced that 1952 Boxing Gold Medalist Nate Brooks died Tuesday, April 14, from non-COVID related causes. Due to health guidelines from State and CDC officials, a graveside service will take place at the historic Lakeview Cemetery 12316 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. A Memorial Celebration will take place on a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA (support.teamusa.org).
Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Member (GCSHF) Nathan “Nate” Eugene Brooks boxed his way to gold in the 1952 Helsinki, Finland Games on the outstanding U.S. Olympic Boxing Team that outranked 16 competing nations to win 5 Gold Medals for the United States. Following his Gold Medal win, Brooks fought his way to become the 1954 North American Bantamweight Champion with an eighth-round knockout on February 8, 1954. “I always trained hard for every fight” said Brooks. “I used to spar with my brother, Paul. He told me I had fought better guys making the Olympic Team than I would fight over there.”
Following professional sports, the John Adams High School graduate successfully transitioned to a career as a Survey Engineer with the Ohio Department of Transportation, where he retired after 32-years. Brooks avidly followed the Olympic Games and sports for the rest of his life. He took particular pride in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ historic 2016 NBA Championship win, as his former John Adams classmate, friend and fellow GCSHF member Nick Mileti was the Cavaliers’ original owner, with team colors of Wine and Gold. The colors of their alma mater, John Adams High.
Marvin Brooks & Gail Brooks Tubbs