Robin Jean Brookman, 93, passed away on Dec. 23, 2011 in Rapid City.
Robin was born on Feb. 1, 1918, in Vermillion, to Lowell and Olive (Bowie) Brookman. She attended the School of Art and Design in Minneapolis and received her RN degree from St. Vincent's Hospital in Sioux City, IA, in
1947. She had fond memories of her nursing career working at Orange County Hospital in Los Angeles, Honolulu Hospital in Hawaii and St. Vincent's Hospital in Sioux City.
She married Warren B. Johnson at the Baptist church in Vermillion in 1951. They lived in Danville, CA, and Edina, MN, before retiring to Paradise Valley, AZ, in 1971. There she found time to devote herself to her passion for art and won many awards for her painting. She was very active in the Arizona porcelain guilds and teachers association. Robin was noted for her portraits in pastel as well as on porcelain. In 2001 she moved to Chelan, WA, where her daughter and family reside. Returning to South Dakota in 2010, she enjoyed being with her son and daughter-in-law in Rapid City.
Robin had great interest in genealogy and traced the Brookman family back to New York in the mid-1700's. Much of her family history is linked to the history of Vermillion. Her grandfather, S.E. Brookman, and his twin brother Edgar came to Vermillion in the 1880s and established flour mills in Vermillion and DeSmet. They later converted the Vermillion mill into the city's first electrical light plant. Her father, Lowell, was head electrician for the city where he planned and wired much of Vermillion's electrical services for over 40 years. Her uncle, Lawrence Brookman, was a physician in Vermillion and Brookman Hall at USD was named for her uncle, Harold Brookman, who taught engineering there.
Robin is survived by her son, Christopher Johnson (Paula Meloy), of Rapid City; and daughter, Robin (Jim) Werner of Chelan, WA. Her grandchildren are Dr. Erik Johnson (San Francisco, CA), Brook Johnson (St. Cloud, MN), Andrea Johnson (New York, NY), Dr. Joshua McGuire (Spokane, WA), John Werner (Maui, HI), Bill Werner (Scottsdale, AZ), Steve Werner (Phoenix, AZ), and great grandson Zane McGuire.
Memorial services will be held in the spring at the Bluff View Cemetery Brookman mausoleum in Vermillion. Messages to the family may be left at the Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel guest book: http://www.serenityspringsfuneralchapel.com/obituaries.php?oa=guest-book&id=229