Mr. Brokaw was born in Plainfield, N.J., in 1922, the oldest child of Caleb Brokaw, Sr. and Mary Radford Brokaw. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1939 and from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree cum laude in American History in 1943. At Harvard, he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Institute and the Speakers Club and he worked on the staff of the Harvard Lampoon. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in France and was discharged after the war with the rank of corporal. After his military service, he worked in New York City while obtaining a master's degree in business administration from Columbia University.
Caleb Brokaw met Anne Hammersley Johnston in New York City, where they both sang in the choir at St. George's Episcopal Church. They were married in 1955 at St. Stephen's Church in London, England, and he and his wife were active members of the New Canaan community after they moved there from New York in 1959. He volunteered for many years with the New Canaan Town Band, St. Mark's Church and the New Canaan Nature Center, where he served on the board of directors for several years. Mr. Brokaw was a member of the New Canaan Senior Men's Club and sang with the Gentlemen Songsters for many years after his retirement; he loved music and the outdoors. Before his health declined, he spent many hours with his wife attending performances of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic and walking the trails of Connecticut's parks, the beaches of Fire Island and the byways of the Adirondacks. He enjoyed canoeing, fishing, reading and gardening, and he and his wife traveled widely in Europe and South America for many years before and after his retirement. Mr. Brokaw spent most of his career with Texaco, Inc., after having worked for the National Biscuit Co. and the advertising agency of Cunningham & Walsh. His career with Texaco took him from New York City to Brussels, Belgium, and back to Texaco's headquarters in Harrison, N.Y. His last several years before he retired from Texaco in 1984 were spent as the director of corporate contributions for Texaco and the Texaco Foundation.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anne Brokaw, his three daughters, Clare Speyer, Katherine Brokaw and Caroline Brokaw Tucker, his sons-in-law Andrew Speyer and Steven Russ, and his eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Radford Brokaw of Scotch Plains, N.J.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Waveny Care Center, New Canaan, or to the New Canaan Nature Center. For online condolences, visit www.hoytfuneralhome.com.