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Elder Bernard P. Brockbank Dies
HOLLADAY, UTAH -- Elder Bernard P. Brockbank, emertius General Authority
since 1980, died Wednesday, October 11th at his home in Holladay, Utah,
ending 38 years as a General Authority of the LDS Church. Elder Brockbank
was best known for his missionary work, presiding over and growing the North
British Mission until it was split into 3 missions in just two years. For
the past 20 years, Elder Brockbank served as an emeritus General Authority.
He was 91.
Born May 24, 1909, Bernard Park Brockbank graduated from Granite High School
and attended Utah State University, George Washington University and the
University of Utah before entering the real estate business, becoming a
broker, builder and developer. In 1960, LDS Church President David O. McKay
called him to preside over the North British Mission. Under his leadership
the mission grew so fast that the Scottish and Irish missions were split off
from it, Elder Brockbank presiding over the Scottish Mission. In 1962, while
he was still serving over the Scottish Mission, Elder Brockbank was called
as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve.
His service as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve was also
mission-related, as Elder Brockbank served as Managing Director of a
succession of Mormon fair pavilions, starting with the groundbreaking Mormon
Pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. That pavilion saw more than
6 million visitors, three times the number of LDS Church members at the
time. It set the pattern for a succession of pavilions, all managed by Elder
Brockbank, including the 1968 Hemisphere in San Antonio, Texas, the 1974
"Man and His World" in Montreal, Canada, and the Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.
Many of the elements from those pavilions populated LDS visitors centers and
missionary exhibits for years later.
Elder Brockbank also served as the first president of the LDS Church's
International Mission for seven years. The International mission covered
those areas of the world not covered by the regular missions of the Church,
a function now handled by the Area Presidencies of the Church.
Professionally, Elder Brockbank was honored for his contribution to Real
Estate and to the community. He was a member and officer of the Utah Home
Builders Association and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. He was also named
"Man of the Year in Education" in 1975 by Phi Delta Kappa's University of
Utah chapter for his donation of 307 acres of land to the University.
Elder Bernard P. Brockbank
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