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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 z
Salt Lake Tribune 14Oct00 N2

Elder Bernard P. Brockbank dies at 91
Deseret News 15Oct00 N2

Brockbank, LDS Leader, Is Dead at 91
Salt Lake Tribune 15Oct00 N2

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