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Gayla Brooks holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from the University of North Texas and was involved in education for roughly thirty years, teaching high school for the Dallas ISD and later for a private Christian school in Southwest Dallas County. She has also worked as a freelance copywriter and photographer, having weekly high school sports stories and photographs published in several Southwest Dallas publications. In previous years she worked in various capacities for two large Dallas area churches, in the banking field, and later writing, producing, and directing church youth group performances. For over 40 years, she was co-owner and then corporate officer of a family landscape business. During her senior year in high school, Brooks was co-host of a weekly teen talk program on KRLD radio in Dallas and was in syndication with the same program for a short time. She is a graduate of Justin F. Kimball High School in Oak Cliff where she served several years on the board of directors for the school’s alumni association. A sixth-generation Texan whose hobbies are genealogy, history, art, reading, and cartology study, Brooks is a past vice president and secretary for the North Fort Worth Historical Society and Stockyards Museum and is a former two-time vice president of the Dallas Area Writers Group. She also serves as photo curator for Trinity Christian School of Cedar Hill, Texas. Earlier, she served the school for multiple years as both a booster club and parent-teacher organization officer. A member of the Dallas Museum of Art, The Kimbell Museum, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, and the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, the Dallas native, who is the mother of three and grandmother of five, is also a member National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and prospective member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Brooks is a coauthor of two local history books by Arcadia Publishing Company: Legendary Locals of Oak Cliff (2013) and IMAGES OF AMERICA: Oak Cliff (2009) and for five years wrote an Oak Cliff history column ("BackStory") for ADVOCATE Urban Living Magazines, Dallas. Brooks recently completed an "as told to" autobiography, The Life Story of Dr. Allen D. Campbell, Jr.: Ophthalmologist, Naval Officer, and Man Who Slept in the Same House with Bonnie Parker. She lives in the DFW Metroplex.



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