Norman and Florence Brody Family Foundation Public Policy Forum
was established in 1995 through a generous donation to the University
of Maryland by Norman and Florence Brody. The Brody Public Policy
Forum brings renowned leaders and public policy experts to the University
of Maryland to increase discussion and awareness of topics of national
and international importance. The forum will offer up to four lectures
or debates annually, with about one quarter of the lectures addressing
issues related to Judaism.
Norman and Florence Brody have long been supporters of the University
of Maryland at College Park. Previously, they established two endowed
funds in Jewish studies: the David Mark Konigsberg Memorial Scholarship
Fund and the David Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Brodys were born and raised in Washington, D.C., and have been
long-time residents of Maryland. Florence graduated from the University
of Maryland in 1947 with a degree in business and education and
Norman attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
The Brodys have two children, William Brody and Sherry Brodner,
and a grandson, Curtis Brodner.
Norman served in
the military in World War II, and afterward joined his brother Gerald,
also a Maryland graduate, in the family business. When Brody Bros.
Distributors, Inc. was sold in 1991, it was one of the region's
largest independent suppliers of health and beauty products. In
his retirement, Norman was dedicated to many projects benefitting
the university and was also an active volunteer in his community.
Florence is still an active member of the board of the Concert Society
Norman Brody died of a sudden illness in 1996. The Brody Public
Policy Forum serves as a fitting tribute to his lifelong interest
in current events and his dedication to the university.