My father in law was a special and talented man, his name is George Brook-Kothlow and he passed two weeks ago after a year of battling cancer. He was 77. If you’ve read the Venice Chronicles you know a little bit about George … and I’d like to tell you a little more about him.
George was a great architect, an artist through and true. He lived and worked in Carmel Valley. The beautiful houses he designed are all around the Big Sur area and stand as the perfect remembrance of his legacy and artistry. He was on the forefront of ecological architecture as he started building houses with reclaimed materials (Often old railroad bridges) more than forty years ago. You can follow this link to Richard Olsen’s blog to learn more about his work as an architect. Here’s below a photo of the entrance to the beautiful home George and Jennifer (his lovely wife and my wonderful mother in law) built and live in.
George also loved Cars and Tennis, I appreciated and bonded with him on both of those passions. I was happy to make the following watercolor of his beloved VW Beetle (the first car he ever owned, still in beautiful conditions) for his birthday a couple of years back.
He was also an incurable optimist, there never was a problem that mattered enough to worry him. His positivism was simply impressive and I always felt I, a natural worrier, could learn a lot from him in that realm. He also loved planes and I sure share that passion too, I loved how he’d grab one of my many books on old planes and read through it for hours. The one silver lining of George battle with cancer in the last year has been that we got to spend more time with him and my mother in law Jennifer. We became closer as a family and I am sure it was an important and ultimately enriching experience for my daughter Fio to feel such closeness to grandpa and grandma and also my sister’s in law Ingrid wonderful family. I only hope that the warmth of his family coming around him gave the difficult last few weeks of his life a little bit of solace.
George I am so happy you were part of my life, we will be thinking of you … always.