Bracelen Flood Was Tireless Advocate for EKU Libraries

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Distinguished author and historian Mr. Charles Bracelen Flood, a tireless advocate for EKU Libraries, passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, after a brief illness. He was 84.

Mr. Flood resurrected Friends of EKU Libraries, served as president during a period of rapid growth for the organization, and was an active fund-raiser for EKU Libraries. The New York City native and Harvard graduate conducted most of his research in John Grant Crabbe Main Library.

Mr. Flood often ate lunch with EKU Libraries staff, celebrated their achievements, and often acknowledged the role EKU Libraries played in his own success. A user of some of the world’s greatest libraries, he once said that the EKU library was, “in relation to mission, the best library in which I’ve ever worked. For nine months of the year, I work in a quiet, well-lit area of Eastern Kentucky University’s superb million-volume library, where my laptop and I have constant access to that collection and to the Internet, as well as to interlibrary loan and a staff of skilled reference librarians.”

EKU Dean of Libraries Betina Gardner remembers Mr. Flood as “a thoughtful, kind man who cared deeply for the people in his life. He loved his family and friends and faithfully checked to make sure they were doing OK. He loved sharing a story and equally loved hearing one. As a New York City boy, he did very well among us and loved where he landed here in Kentucky.”

Mr. Flood received an honorary doctor of letters degree from EKU in 1982.

His books earned many prestigious national honors, and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. The titles include “Love Is A Bridge,” “A Distant Drum,” “Tell Me, Stranger,” “Monmouth,” “More Lives Than One,” “The War of the Innocents,” “Trouble at the Top,” “Rise and Fight Again,” “Lee: The Last Years,” “Hitler: The Path to Power,” “Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War,” “1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History,” and “Grant’s Final Victory.” He recently completed “The Lafayette Escadrille,” the story of the Americans who volunteered to serve as pilots on the Western Front in 1915 before the U.S. entered World War I. It’s set to be published in 2015.

Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church, Richmond. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m., also at the church. Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Friends of the EKU Libraries (103 Crabbe Library), St. Mark Catholic School in Richmond, or Hospice Care Plus in Madison County.

Published on August 16, 2014