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Brooke E. Tuttle

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
4:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Homes and Crematory
Washington Street Location
Columbus, IN 47201

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
1:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
512 7th Street
Columbus, IN 47201

Brooke E Tuttle, 76, of Columbus, died at 2:30 a.m on December 2, at his home. Brooke was born in Hicksville, Ohio on March 7, 1935. He is preceded in death by mother Florence Sholl Tuttle, father Raymond E. Tuttle, and Brother Phillip E. Tuttle. After graduating from Hicksville High School in 1953, he attended The Ohio State University where received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management in 1957. While at Ohio State he was also a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. In May of 1958, he married Barbara Boyer of Greenville, Ohio, to whom he was married for 52 years. Brooke received his Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University in 1964.
After graduating from Ohio State, Brooke served as a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959, where he served as General’s aide. Upon leaving the Army in 1959, he joined Cummins, Inc. During his 29 year career at Cummins, Brooke re-located a manufacturing plant from Seymour, IN, to Cookeville TN, where he then served as General Manager of Cummins’ Fleetguard filtration business. He later headed up Cummins’ $700M worldwide parts distribution business and established Cummins worldwide parts and services presence by opening distribution centers in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America. He also served as Executive Director of Business Policy.
In February 1985, in the midst of an economic downturn and based on his business policy work at Cummins, Brooke was asked to serve as an executive-on- loan as President of the Columbus Indiana Economic Development Board. In 1988 Brooke retired from Cummins, and continued as President of Economic Development. During his 22 year tenure as President, he was responsible for attracting 52 new manufacturing and technology companies and 260 expansions of existing companies, which resulted in 10,000 new manufacturing jobs and $2.2B of new investment in Columbus. Of the 52 new companies, 24 were from Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, India, South Korea, and Canada. He also served as an international consultant to the US State Department advising Slovakia and Italy on how to attract foreign investment. He retired from the Columbus Economic Development Board in 2007.
Upon his retirement from the Economic Development Board, Brooke served as President of LHP Technologies, and continued teaching Economics at Ivy Tech and Indiana University/Purdue University Columbus, where he was an adjunct professor for 20 years. He received the “Excellence in Teaching” award from IUPUC in 1990 and 2010. In August, 2010 he received the Alumni Achievement Award from Delta Tau Delta Fraternity in Washington, DC, which is given to alumni whose achievements have brought honor and prestige to the fraternity. He also received the Columbus, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and the Sagamore of the Wabash Award.
Brooke was always active and involved in community affairs. He served as president of Rotary Club International, the Columbus Foundation for Youth, and the Columbus Girls Club. He also served as Moderator for Leadership Bartholomew County, a Big Brother, and a Boy’s Club basketball coach. He was a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church, and served on the IUPUC Board of Advisors and the Visitor’s Center Board.
Brooke is survived by his wife Barbara B. Tuttle, of Columbus, Indiana, daughter Katherine L. Tuttle of Indianapolis, Indiana, son Jeffery S. Tuttle of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and nephew Philip E. Tuttle of Findlay, Ohio.
Calling hours will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday at Barkes, Weaver, and Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street. A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 pm Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Columbus with the Pastors Robert Craig and Peggy Casteel officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made through the funeral home or directly to Hospice of South Central Indiana- 2626 E 17th Columbus IN 47201, First Presbyterian Church- 512 7th Street Columbus IN 47201, or the Community Education Coalition- Brooke E. Tuttle Scholarship Initiative- c/o Chris Beach- 4555 Central Avenue Ste 2100 Columbus, IN 47201 .

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