A. Brooks Lister was born in Germantown, the son of William H. and Mary (Harvey) Lister. He entered Trinity College in Hartford, CT, in the fall of 1910, but left at the end of his freshman year so that he could return to Philadelphia and study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1915 with his B.S. in Architecture. In that year he was also awarded the student prize membership given by the T-Square Club, and he received the University's faculty medal in architecture. Following graduation, Lister entered the office of Horace Trumbauer, where he was employed on the design of the Free Library of Philadelphia when World War I broke out. He first folunteered in the first Officers Training camp at Niagara Falls in 1917 and received his commission as First Lieutenant, stationed at Camp Meade, Maryland, until July 1918. In 1918 he went overseas with the 110th Machine Gun Battalion, Company B, 79th Division of the U.S. Army and died at age 25 from wounds received while fighting in France.
In the Trinity College Archives his father's description of Lister's death survives: "The 79th Division went over the top on Sept 25-1918. Brooks Lister was shot by a sniper from behind on the evening of Sept. 27th. He was out with a party of men reconnoitering and the order had already gone out for them to come in for the night when he was shot. Case was hopeless from the first as he was hit in the spinal column. Eventually reached the Hospital for Amer. Officers at Vittel (Vosges) & died on Oct 7 and was buried there."
Sandra L. Tatman.
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