Midland – Jim Brozzo passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home on Friday August 12, 2022.
Jim was born in Detroit and raised in Ludington, Michigan. After earning a degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech, Jim worked 40 years for the Dow Chemical Company with assignments in chemical development, research, finance and manufacturing.
After retiring in 1993, he worked part-time with the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, developing and gaining support for a 2-year Advanced Chemical Operators Course and organizing programs to build relationships closer with the elders of the department. Mr. Brozzo was honored by Michigan Tech as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1998 by appointing him to the Academy of Chemical Engineers.
Jim is a longtime Scout volunteer and has served as president of councils in Connecticut and Michigan. He served as regional vice-president and board member of the Lake Huron Regional Council. He holds the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He is a member of the 1910 Society, the Heritage Society and the James E. West Society. He has held staff positions at 3 jamborees, served as course director at the Philmont Training Center, and co-chaired a seminar in Irkutsk, Siberia attended by adult and youth Scout volunteers from the United States. and from Russia.
Jim joined Rotary in 1979 at the club in Groton/Ledyard, Connecticut. He was a member of the board of directors of three clubs and president of the club of Midland (Michigan). He chaired the District Group Study Exchange. He served as deputy governor of Districts 6220 and 6310. He is a past governor of District 6310, a member of the Midland Rotary Club, the Paul Harris Society, Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Bequest Society. He received the Cliff Dochterman Award in recognition of his many contributions to the advancement of the ideal of “Service Above Self” and illustrating the principles of “Four Way Test” in the Scouting and Rotary community.
Mr. Brozzo has served as an officer and/or board member of numerous organizations, including the YMCA, various chambers of commerce, the Navy League, the Connecticut 100 Club, the Norwich Savings Society, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the Miscowaubik Club, the Keweenaw Industrial Council, United Way, and the MTU Chemical Engineering Department Advisory Board. He was Dow’s representative on Sister City relations with Honda City, Japan and Zigong, China.
Jim has been active in his church and has held many leadership positions. He currently attends Sanford United Methodist Church, where he was chairman of the finance committee. Jim also serves as chairman of the District Missions and Church Extension Board Finance Committee for his denomination.
Jim and his wife, Sally, married for 68 years, have four adult children, one who predeceased them, six grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. They enjoy skiing, boating, reading and travelling.
Per Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Those considering expressing sympathy are asked to consider Sanford United Methodist Church or Residential Hospice.
Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brozzo family; to share a special memory, please visit smithminer.com