Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library (Heights Libraries) were notified recently that they would be equal recipients of over $1,000,000 from the residue of the Trust Estate of Mrs. Grace Brody, who passed away on March 13 of this year at the age of 98. This amount will be equally split between the two library systems and excludes the residence.
“We are honored to be the recipient of the Grace F. Brody Trust,” said Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “Mrs. Brody’s commitment to educating students in social work blends perfectly with the Library’s mission to become a center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community.”
Mrs. Brody was a retired faculty member of Case Western Reserve University at the time of her death. In 2007 she established an endowed chair, The Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies and was committed to research and education on child welfare, particularly parent-child relationships.
“We are thrilled to receive this generous gift from one of our own,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “Professor Brody was a long-time Cleveland Heights resident who understood how crucial libraries are to the well-being of any community’s citizens, especially its children. We plan to name the Lee Road branch’s children’s room in her honor.”