T. Kimball Brooker, PhD

Thomas Brooker

Title: Oil Industry Executive, Scholar of Renaissance Libraries
Company: Barbara Oil Co.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Kimball Brooker, PhD, Oil Industry Executive at Barbara Oil Co. and Scholar of Renaissance Libraries, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the oil industry and renaissance libraries.

Dr. Brooker was introduced to banking at an early age and started his career at Morgan Stanley. From there, his interests shifted to the oil industry, and he was able to continue working for Morgan Stanley with focus on oil projects. Furthermore, his late wife’s family business was in oil so it helped opened doors for him to become a part of the Barbara Oil Co. He has served as the president of the oil company since 1989. For his work in scholarly endeavors, Dr. Brooker had always been interested in the renaissance books in the libraries going way back to the time he was in university. In addition to working for Morgan Stanley and Barbara Oil Co., Dr. Brooker also provided his services for the Midwest Stock Exchange, Zenith Electronics Corp., the Arthur J. Gallagher Company, Boulevard Bank Corp., the Miami Corporation, Cutler Oil & Gas Company, Saybrook College and Yale University.

In 1962, Dr. Brooker earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Yale University. He continued at Harvard University to receive an MBA in 1968. Later on, Dr. Brooker explored his love of art and books by obtaining a Master of Arts and PhD in art history from the University of Chicago in 1989 and 1996, respectively. One of the highlights of his career has been organizing the domestic branch office for Morgan Stanley in Chicago in 1978. He had been in New York with Morgan Stanley for 11 years before that, and since Chicago was his hometown he enjoyed being able to return. He worked on financing the Alaskan pipeline, which was never financed because of politics, although he worked on it for five years.

In addition to his work, Dr. Brooker served in the rank of lieutenant in the US Navy from 1962 to 1966. In his career, he has been award the Sir Thomas More Medal from the University of San Francisco and the Adrian Van Sinderen Prize from Yale University. He has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations, including the Association International de Bibliophile, the Grolier Club, Bibliotheca Wittockiana, the Knickerbocker Club and a variety of other organizations.

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