Cyril D. "Darb" Brower was born in 1898, in Woodmere, N.Y. After being educated at Woodmere High School from 1912 to 1916, Darb matriculated to New York University. In 1919, he transferred to Hobart College and was president of his senior class at Hobart, graduating in 1921 with a BS degree.
Darb began playing lacrosse at Hobart in 1920, earning varsity letters in 1920 and 1921. He also received varsity letters at Hobart as a member of the football team of 1920, the basketball teams of 1919 and 1920, and the indoor track teams of 1919 and 1920. Darb was also honored as the captain of the 1920 and 1921 track teams. In two years at Hobart, Darb earned seven varsity letters. Throughout college, he earned a total of 14 varsity letters in five sports.
After graduating from Hobart, Darb played lacrosse for the Crescent Athletic Club. Known as "Cy" by his teammates, he played for the Crescents from 1922-29 and is considered one of their greatest players. At the same time, he officiated lacrosse and football in the New York metropolitan area.
Darb also served on the Advisors Rules Committee of the USILA for many years. He eventually became president of the USILA (1942-1943) and served on its executive board.
In 1922, Darb began a career in banking that would extend for 32 years. Most of those years were spent with The Commercial National Bank and Trust Company of New York, where he served as head of the Real Estate Division of the Trust Department and as Head of Purchasing and Real Estate.
Darb passed away in 1954, at the age of 55.