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Brooke Spotswood was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1947 and passed away nearby in Crozet, Virginia, on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

He was the son of Kinsey and Elizabeth “Mickie” Spotswood. His wife, Lu, and two daughters, Taylor, 26, and Jo, 24, survive him.

He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Virginia, like his father before him. He was a passionate Wahoo through and through. He truly valued the relationships he made through his fraternity, Sigma Phi, and through Alcoholics Anonymous. He was a leader and mentor in both communities and touched the lives of many. He earned his law degree from the University of Richmond and practiced law in Virginia for more than 40 years and was known for his kindness by his clients.

Brooke was a voracious reader and eloquent writer who loved learning about American history. His most recent project was a book he was writing with his daughters, tracing the Spotswood family history back to before Alexander Spotswood sailed from Scotland to Jamestown in order to become the first colonial governor of the colony of Virginia in Williamsburg in 1710. The family narrative Brooke was following in his book continued through the stories of two of his ancestors who lived through the American Civil War. This adventure took Brooke to county courthouses in Virginia and Tennessee in the fall of 2016 and then took Brooke and Lu to Scotland in September 2017 to explore the pre-Virginia Spotswood roots in person.

His favorite color was purple and his hidden talents were making witty comebacks and coming up with nicknames for his girls. Let’s all join hands and give a yell for dear old UVA.