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March 17, 2014

Retired faculty member Dr. Grace Brody passed away

Groza Grace Brody Gilmore lo res.jpgIt is with great sadness we share the news that Dr. Grace Brody passed away on March 13 at age 98. Grace joined the faculty of the Mandel School in the late 1960s and retired as an Emeritus Associate Professor in 1986. She was passionate about research and education on child welfare, particularly parent-child relationships.

Grace's first gift to the university was in 1986, to renovate a lounge for doctoral students, in memory of her sister, Anne Freidson. But Grace yearned to do more, and after years of frugal living and sacrifice, in 2007 she donated $1.5 million to the Mandel School to establish an endowed chair, The Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies, a Chair held by Victor Groza (pictured with Grace and Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore in 2007).

The professorship was created to help future social workers build family relations between children and their caregivers and was reflective of Grace's dedication to the fields of family development and child rearing. The appointment of Professor Groza - an expert on adoption and child welfare - as the first chair-holder pleased Grace very much.

A widow at the age of 26, Grace was preceded in death by her husband, William Brody, 72 years ago and by her son, Bill, last year. There will be a graveside service today, Monday, March 17, at 3:00 at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Solon, 27855 Aurora Road.

Remembers Dean Gilmore: "I feel fortunate that I knew Grace. She was a witty person with a deep commitment to educating social work students. The Mandel School is stronger because of Grace and we are all better for having known her."