Lynmar Brock

Lynmar BrockLynmar Brock, Jr. of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully Thursday the 17th of December 2020 at home in the presence of his wife and two sons. Lynmar was 86. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Claudie, his sons Christopher Lynmar Brock (Erin) and Andrew Juliard Brock (Alexandra), and grandchildren Yannick, Tobie, and Hudson. Lynmar had been afflicted with dementia over the last few years, and a recent bout with Covid exacerbated the effects of his dementia.

Brock had a long career as both a businessman and servant to his community. Lynmar led family-owned Brock & Company for 45 years as its president and CEO. Brock & Company had been founded by his father, Lynmar Brock, Sr., and was known throughout the region for its Brock’s Box Lunches and its mobile catering fleet. A Quaker from birth, Lynmar was a long time member of Willistown Friends Meeting. A born leader, Lynmar served as clerk of Willistown Friends Meeting, as chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Edgmont Township and chairman of the boards of the Kendall Corporation and Peirce College. He was past governor of the Pennsylvania Society of Mayflower Descendants and former vice-president of the Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, two organizations reflecting his heritage.

Brock was passionate about his involvement with the service club Rotary International and was president of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, District Governor of Rotary International District 7450, and served on the Board of Directors of Rotary International. He chaired the Rotary International Committee for Afghan Refugees that helped relocate 50,000 displaced refugees. Locally, Lynmar was a great lover of the arts and, with his wife Claudie, was a vital supporter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Ballet.

Lynmar Brock, Jr. was the firstborn of Lynmar Brock and Sarah Darlington Pratt Brock of Havertown, Pennsylvania. He was followed by sister Barbara Brock Kidder and brother Charles Nonnator Brock. From an early age Lynmar was blessed with a keen intellect and tremendous recall, and a profound sense of gumption. After only two weeks as a kindergartner Lynmar decided the class was for children, and he was promoted to 1st grade. From that time on Lynmar ran at the front of the crowd. In High School Lynmar played soccer and played bassoon in the Pennsylvania state
orchestra. As a 17 year-old he enrolled in (then) all-male Dartmouth College of Hanover, New Hampshire. While majoring in English, Lynmar sang tenor in the a cappella group the Dartmouth Injunaires and was active in the progressive fraternity Alpha Theta. Lynmar’s first foray into business was a furniture venture with his friend and roommate Brooks Parker - they would buy furniture from the graduating seniors each spring, store the goods over the summer, then sell it to the incoming Freshmen in the fall.

Ever in a hurry, Lynmar graduated with an AB from Dartmouth and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business at the age of 22. Upon learning that he would be drafted by the U.S. Army, Lynmar chose instead to join the U.S. Navy. After finishing 3rd in his class at the Navy’s Officer Candidate School, Lynmar was assigned to the destroyer U.S.S Waldron in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He was later transferred to the Pentagon to work in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. During the Bay of Pigs invasion Lynmar was reassigned to the destroyer USS McNair. He left active duty as a full Lieutenant and continued to serve in the naval reserves.

When his father Lynmar senior grew ill, Lynmar left the Navy to assume control of Brock & Company. Seeing the changing of the times, Lynmar pivoted the business away from mobile catering towards business cafeterias, and the company eventually served the likes of the Ford Motor Company, Vanguard Securities, and Peeps’ candies. With his brother Charlie Brock he opened the public restaurants The New Castle Inn of New Castle, Delaware, The Bayard House on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, The Fox Restaurant of Wilmington, Delaware, and the Fox Barn of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Brock & Company also served the Franklin Institute, and the Winterthur and Brandywine museums.

Lynmar met Brussels-born Claudie Juliard in 1963 in Bryn Mawr, and six months later the two were married in a Quaker ceremony at Marion Friends meeting. Christopher was born in 1965, and son Andrew was born two years after that. Throughout their lives Lynmar and Claudie loved to travel, and their adventures took them to every corner of the world. There was no place too exotic or out of the way for Lynmar, and he commemorated his travels with a household of souvenirs. Later in life, Lynmar turned to writing historical novels, and he published four: Must Thee Fight, a story of a Quaker during the Revolutionary War who wrestles with the call of Independence; In This This Hospitable Land, a fictionalized version of his wife’s true story surviving the Holocaust in the South of France; Genevieve, a story of a Naval Officer’s life in the 1950’s; and The Inn of Ten, a novel that ruminates on the worthiness of the Ten Commandments in contemporary society. In This Hospitable Land was chosen for publication by Amazon’s Lake Union Publishing and was an award-wining finalist for Amazon’s “Fiction: Historical category of the 2012
International Book Awards” list. All of Lynmar’s novels are currently available on Amazon.

Brock is survived by his wife of 57 years, Claudie, his sons Christopher and Andrew Brock, daughters-in-law Erin Chappell Brock and Alexandra Hubner Brock, and grandchildren Yannick, Tobie, and Hudson. Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be delayed until late Spring/Early Summer 2021. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Lynmar was SMDPA Governor from 1971 to 1973.  He also recieved the John Huntmost distinguished Pilgrim award in 2016.