Paul R. Brockman

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Paul Robert Brockman was a Charlottesville resident from 1998 until the time of his death in 2011.


Brockman was born on May 5, 1934, in Girard, Kansas, the son of the Reverend Herbert Cecil Brockman, a Methodist Minister, and Naomi Fortner Brockman, a teacher.

Mr. Brockman was raised in Kansas, graduating from Shawnee-Mission High School in 1952, and from Baker University in 1959. While in college, he served as a supply minister for local Methodist churches. From 1956 until 1958, he served with the United States Army Intelligence Corps. In 1966, a NASA Career Education Award enabled him to pursue graduate study at The University of Virginia and to be named a Fellow of the National Institute of Public Affairs. He later received his M.A. in Government from The American University.

He joined the United States Public Health service in 1959, as a Congressional correspondent for the Indian Health Program. In 1960, he became field administrative officer for the National Health Survey. After postgraduate law studies at the University of Iowa, he joined NASA during the Apollo buildup in 1962.

In 1963, he became executive assistant and resources management officer for NASA's development of science and applications activities for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. He provided support to the Science and Technology Advisory Committee for Manned Space Flight. He also served for eight years as a management consultant in the Apollo-to-Shuttle management transition and became NASA's first state, local and federal inter-governmental relations officer. He served an interim assignment with the United States Office of Education. One of his proudest accomplishments was helping the Commissioner obtain funding for the initiation of Sesame Street, against Congressional opposition.

Retiring from Federal service in 1985, he became Vice President of LFW Management Associates, and President of Advanced Development Distribution, Inc. He continued to work in the areas of technology transfer and inter-governmental relations, including serving as an advisor to the state of Montana.

In retirement, he was a part-time financial consultant helping young couples, a designer and builder of homes, and director of the fundraising plans for a new home for domestic violence victims in Charlottesville.

He served on the Falls Church City Council, Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and as Vice President of COG. He founded Historic Falls Church, Inc., a building preservation firm. He preserved a Civil War fortification in Stafford County that is now on the national and state registers of historic places. He co-chaired the joint local-Federal committee for United States Bicentennial events. He founded the United States Scottish Fiddling Revival, Ltd., and the annual United States National Scottish Fiddling Championships.

As a leader in the Episcopal church, he served on the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia from 2010, until the time of his death. He was an alternate Deputy to the General Convention in 2009, chair of its Centennial Committee and Junior Warden in 2009, and a delegate to the Diocesan Council from 2005 until 2010. He previously served on the vestry of Christ Episcopal Church, Georgetown, D.C., and as a lay reader and chalice bearer at both The Falls Church and at Christ Church, Alexandria.

He was a Mason and holder of the 50-year pin from the Grand Lodge of Kansas, and 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite. He also served as President of the Virginia/North Carolina Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Mr. Brockman died from melanoma on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. He was survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy Tilghman Edwards Brockman; daughter, Lauren Tilghman Brockman of Raleigh, North Carolina and her husband, John Balla, and their children, Lilly and Alex; daughter, Rebecca Fortner Brockman Zuvich of Raleigh, North Carolina and her husband, Paul, and their son, Elliot. He was also survived by his sister, Barbara Taylor and her husband, Laurence, and nieces, Linda, Sandy and Sheri.

Life in Charlottesville

Brockman moved to Charlottesville in 1998. [1] He was a member of the Beacon Club of Charlottesville and a vestry member of St. Paul's Memorial Church. He was also past president and former board member of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.


  1. Web. Paul R. Brockman, consulting firm executive, Washington Post, May 24, 2011, retrieved July 25, 2011.