Memorial & History
David William Brooks
(1901 - 1999)
The D.W. Brooks Lecture Series and Faculty Awards of Excellence are named for a Georgian whose contributions to agriculture are respected worldwide. An alumnus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences where he also taught agronomy, D.W. Brooks devoted his career to the improvement of life through improvements in agriculture.
Georgia agriculture commissioner Tommy Irvin described Mr. Brooks as the best-known, non-elected agriculture leader in the nation, according to a front-page story in the August 6, 1999 Athens Daily News.
Mr. Brooks, the founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist Inc., advised seven U.S. presidents on various agriculture and trade issues. He also started Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941 to provide farmers with insurance.
His numerous honors for contributions to agriculture include being the first inductee into the University of Georgia's Agricultural Hall of Fame. He received the Distinguished Agribusiness Award from the Georgia Agribusiness Council and was named Progressive Farmer magazine's "Man of the Year in Agriculture in the South."
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences sponsors the annual lecture series in his memory.
The D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence were initiated by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to recognize faculty each year for excellence in teaching, research and extension.
The teaching award was established in 1981 to recognize faculty members who
make outstanding contributions and maintain excellence in the teaching program of the college. In
1983 the awards expanded to include research, extension and county extension programs. An award for
international agriculture was added in 1988. The D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence include a
framed certificate and a $5,000 cash award.
The D.W. Brooks Lecture is named for the late D.W. Brooks, founder of Gold Kist, Inc. Brooks started Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941. He advised seven U.S. presidents on farm and trade issues. Among his many honors, he was the first inductee into the UGA Agricultural Hall of Fame.