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1939 – 2023


Kenneth Dane Brooksher

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Chosen by Dane's grandchildren in his honor.

My Ántonia

by Willa Cather

I took a long walk north of the town, out into the pastures where the land was so rough that it had never been ploughed up, and the long red grass of early times still grew shaggy over the draws and hillocks. Out there I felt at home again. […] Along the cattle-paths the plumes of goldenrod were already fading into sun-warmed velvet, grey with gold threads in it. […] As I wandered over those rough pastures, I had the good luck to stumble upon a bit of the first road that went…to my grandfather’s farm…


On the level land the tracks had almost disappeared—were mere shadings in the grass, and a stranger would not have noticed them. But wherever the road had crossed a draw, it was easy to find. The rains had made channels of the wheel-ruts and washed them so deeply that the sod had never healed over them. They looked like gashes torn by a grizzly’s claws, on the slopes where the farm-wagons used to lurch up out of the hollows with a pull that brought curling muscles on the smooth hips of the horses. I sat down and watched the haystacks turn rosy in the slanting sunlight...


I had the sense of coming home to myself, and of having found out what a little circle man’s experience is. For [us], this had been the road of Destiny, had taken us to those early accidents of fortune which predetermined for us all that we can ever be. Now I understood that the same road was to bring us together again. [For w]hatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.

Wild Geese

by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

Dane's Celebration of Life Recording

Thank you to everyone who attended Dane's Celebration of Life on June 1, 2024. 

To view the recorded copy of Dane's Celebration of Life, please click on the button below.

To view Dane's Photo Montage, please click on the button below.

 Celebration of Life Details

Saturday, June 1st

Three O'Clock in the Afternoon

Old Warson Country Club

9841 Old Warson Road

St. Louis, MO 63124

Day-Of Schedule

Gathering begins at 3:00 PM Central

Celebration of Life Program begins at 3:30 PM Central

Reception to follow

Please continue to reference this website in the coming months, as further event details will be added as the gathering approaches. 

Additional Event Details


The dress code for the event will be Club Casual/Business Casual, and in line with Old Warson’s dress code etiquette.


Men - Long pants and collared shirt tucked in. Ladies - comparable. Coats and ties are not required. The following attire is not permitted: denim, hats for men, sports attire.

The dress code applies to anyone age 14 or older.


Parking & Directions

Both valet and self parking options will be available on site.

For information regarding directions, please visit the Old Warson Country Club's website.


Cell Phone Etiquette

Please note that the Old Warson does not allow for cell phone use inside of the Clubhouse. There is a phone booth available should you need to make a call.

Lodging Information

For those who will be traveling to attend Dane's celebration, hotel room blocks have been reserved at the following establishments.


If you require accommodations, please make your reservations by April 30, 2024 in order to access the reserved rooms and group rates. 

The Hilton St. Louis Frontenac

To book a room, click here to visit the hotel's page for Dane's celebration

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

To book a room, click here to visit the hotel's page for Dane's celebration

Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Louis Galleria

To book a room, click here to visit the hotel's page for Dane's celebration

Seven Gables Inn

To book a room, click here to visit the hotel's page for Dane's celebration

Please note that rooms in the room blocks are subject to availability. Room reservations are also subject to the terms, conditions, and cancellation policies of each respective hotel.

Attractions in St. Louis

For those who will be arriving in St.Louis ahead of time, there are many places to visit:

Gateway Arch

Click here to visit Gateway Arch's website.

  • Free to see arch. Additional paid tours available. 

  • Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO 63102


Saint Louis Zoo

Click here to visit Saint Louis Zoo's website.

Saint Louis Art Museum

Click here to visit Saint Louis Art Museum's website.

  • Free for visitors. Paid exhibitions available for purchase.

  • One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63110


Saint Louis Science Center

Click here to visit St. Louis Science Center's website. 

  • Free for visitors. Paid attractions available for purchase.

  • 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

McDonnell Planetarium

Click here to visit McDonnell Planetarium's webpage. 

  • Paid tickets available.

  • Clayton Ave. at Faulkner Dr. in Forest Park

Missouri Botanical Garden

Click here to visit Missouri Botanical Garden's website.

  • Paid tickets available.

  • 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

Guest Book

Leave your memories, condolences, or well-wishes.


Donations in Dane's memory may be made to:

W&M Business School Foundation at the College of William & Mary

Visit: or mail to: W&M Business School Foundation, P.O. Box 3023 Williamsburg, VA 23187. Please note “In Memory of Dane Brooksher for Mason School Annual Fund.”

The Elsberry United Methodist Church


or mail to: 109 North 4th. Street, Elsberry, MO 63343

The Elsberry Historic Preservation Society

P.O. Box 4, Elsberry MO 63343

The Palmer Library in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home

107 S. 5th Street Elsberry, MO 63343

Dane's Legacy

Dane, 84, passed away early Tuesday morning, July 25, 2023, at his home. Born February 8, 1939 in Elsberry, MO, he was the son of Forrest Edward and Charlotte Elizabeth Maupin Brooksher. Raised in Elsberry, Dane was a 1957 graduate of Elsberry High School. He went on to attend University of Missouri and transferred to the College of William & Mary, where he completed his degree in accounting in 1961. Dane was united in marriage on June 12, 1959 in Kirkwood, MO to Carter Jean Stafford. This union was blessed with three children: Leslie, Geoffrey, and Gregory. Dane was an accomplished businessman, operating KPMG, and then ProLogis, retiring from business in 2005. In 1969, he started White Oak Farms in Elsberry, and for all his life, he loved the land. He was a member of Elsberry United Methodist Church, Mason School of Business and College of William and Mary Alumni Association.


Dane started his career in 1961 joining Peat Marwick & Mitchell (now KPMG). He made partner in 1969. During his career he served in many positions, including managing partner for the Midwest area and Chicago Office. He also served on the firm’s Board of Directors, Management Committee, and as an International Partner. In 1993, Dane joined Security Capital Industrial Trust, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Co-Chairman and CEO. In 1994, he was successful in taking the company public on the NYSE. In 1997, the company changed its name to Prologis, and in 1998, Dane became Chairman and CEO. Throughout his tenure as CEO, Prologis expanded rapidly throughout the world through a series of acquisitions and organic growth. In 1997, Dane led the company’s expansion into Mexico, in 1998 into Europe, and in 2001 into Asia. In 1999, under Dane’s leadership, the company innovated its capital structure by becoming one of the first public real estate companies to create a private equity model for investing. And in 2003, the company was placed into the S&P 500 as among the most widely followed public companies in the world.


Dane retired from Prologis in 2004. He is known by his colleagues as a tremendous leader who always did what he said he was going to do. He had a strong acumen for attracting and mentoring great people and in doing so, built one of the most successful companies in the world.


Dane served on many corporate and philanthropic organizations Board of Directors including: Pactiv Corporation, Butler Manufacturing, Cass Information Systems, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Northwestern Kellogg School, and also served as the Midwest Chairman of the US Olympic Committee.


Throughout his life, Dane supported his alma mater, The College of William & Mary. Dane was a Trustee Emeritus and Treasurer of the William & Mary Foundation as well as Past Chairman of the W&M Business School Foundation, where he served as Trustee from 1981-1989 and again from 2005-2022. He was one of the longest serving Trustees of the Business School Foundation. Dane endowed and leaves the legacy of the Brooksher Professorship. He also oversaw the creation and led the funding of the Accounting Professorship in honor of Emeritus Professor John S. Quinn, and he was instrumental in the creation of the KPMG Professorship, also in the Business School. In honor of all his dedicated work with William & Mary, the W&M Alumni Association awarded its highest honor, The Alumni Medallion, to Dane in 1991. In recognition of his character, success in business, and involvement in business education, the Faculty of the W&M Mason School of Business awarded Dane its T.C. and Elizabeth Clarke Medallion in 2006.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest Edward and Charlotte Maupin Brooksher; and his brother, Carey Gene Brooksher.


Survivors include his beloved wife of 64 years, Carter Jean Stafford Brooksher of Elsberry; their children: Leslie Brooksher Gottlieb and her husband, Richard E. Gottlieb; Geoffrey S. Brooksher and his wife, Austin Zike; and Gregory E. Brooksher and his wife, Inas Hadieh; and four grandchildren: K. Degen Gottlieb and wife, Carly Ho; Samantha Gottlieb Jordan, and wife, Shannon Kelly Jordan; Noah C. Brooksher; and Aidan M. Brooksher; and nieces: Lindsey Brooksher, Mellissa Cobillas, and Erin Lundtveit. Dane also leaves many other relatives and a host of friends.

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