James Richard Brooks, 69, former executive director of the Professional Lawn Care Association (PLCAA), died May 3 of pulmonary disease in Cumming, Ga.

He received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Kansas where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. He worked in the turfgrass industry for 17 years.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, two brothers, two sons and their wives, and two grandchildren.