He grew up in NW Portland with his brother Mort (C. M. Bishop, Jr.) where he spent happy times playing sports, attending the Hillside School and developing many lifelong friendships. The highlights of his summers were the times spent in the Blue Mountains outside Dayton, Washington with his Broughton family cousins and other friends.
After a year at Lincoln High School, Brot attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 1945. Brot joined the Marine Corps on his 18th birthday. Following his discharge from the Marines, Brot enrolled at Yale University and graduated in 1950 with Tau Beta Phi honors in Industrial Administration.
After attending Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (where he later received an honorary doctorate), Brot joined the family business, Pendleton Woolen Mills, full time in 1951. Brot was proud to continue the tradition established by his great grandfather Thomas Kay who came to Oregon in 1863 to pioneer the local woolen mill industry.
Brot took enormous pleasure from his work and his co-workers. He especially appreciated the many long term employees who contributed so much to Pendleton’s success. He valued the importance of the greater community. He coached youth football and served on many boards including his local water board, U.S. Bank, Phillips Academy Andover, Pacific International Livestock Exposition, American Textile Manufacturer’s Institute, Portland Junior Symphony, Riverview Cemetery, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, The Museum at Warm Springs and the Mission Mill Museum and was active in the Republican Party.
While business was a major focus of Brot’s life, his family was of the most importance. He married Mary Voss on February 8, 1956, after a lively and persistent courtship that began with a date skiing on Mt. Hood. Their marriage soon produced five children in seven years.
Family life was active and adventure filled, centering on team sports, skiing, hiking and fishing. Brot took great pride in meeting the formidable challenge of getting his large and slightly unruly family out of bed and into line before the Mt. Bachelor ski lifts started. He similarly enjoyed taking his children fishing on the Deschutes, which for the younger ones occasionally entailed floating behind him with a tight grip on his vest.
Brot will be fondly remembered for his generous spirit, kindness and humility as well as his great attention for detail. He had a wonderful wry sense of humor that often emerged during difficult times to bolster those around him. And, finally, he will be remembered for his perseverance which helped him weather the difficult last few years with astonishing good grace
The family would like to thank his caregivers, Cliff, Alethea, Chandrea and Rita and the staff at OHSU Parkinson’s Center for their thoughtful care and patience during the last years of his life. Also, many thanks to Gentiva Hospice for their kind assistance.
Brot is survived by Mary, his wife of 60 years, their children John (Suzanne), Charlie (Meg), Broughton Jr. (Kelley), Harriet Bakken (Jon) and Peter (Susan), and 14 grandchildren.
Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you make a contribution to one of the wonderful organizations supporting the Columbia River Gorge, a place that held a special place in his heart.