(March 15, 1916 - July 22, 1994)
Bernard Flood, 78, of the Archbishop Molloy Community, Queens, NY, a
long-time Marist, national and state Catholic educational leader, passed
away on Friday July 22, at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Queens. Family
members, collegauges, and Brothers gathered for prayer and the Mass
of Resurrection at Our Lady of Merch Church, Forest Hills on Monday
July 25. Brothers John Klein and John Alexis led a burial service in
Esopus that afternoon.
preceding notice appeared in the August 1994 Newsnotes of the Poughkeepsie
Province. The following more extensive obituary was printed in the Advent
1994 issue of Today's Marist Brother.
Bernard G. Flood, fms died on July 22 at Mary Immaculate Hospital in
Queens, NY. At the time of his death he was residing at the Archbishop
Molloy H.S. community, Briarwood, NY. The Mass of the Resurrection was
calebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Forest Hills, NY.
native of New York City, he was born on March 15, 1916. His parents
were Cornelius J. Flood and Margretta Pauli. He received the Sacrament
of Baptism at St. Patrick's Cathedral, NY. His early school days were
an introduction to the Marist Brothers. He attended St. Ann's Academy
for 3 years and St. Agnes School for 4 years. His continuing high school
work was the Juniorate at St. Joseph's, Tyngsboro, MA. He followed the
Novitiate program at St. Ann's Hermitage, Poughkeepsie, NY taking first
vows in 1939. College degree work was done at the Marist Training School
(Marist College) Poughkeepsie, Fordham College and Columbia Teachers
College, New York City.
Bernard began his teaching career in 1936 in the elementary department
of Mount St. Michael Academy, Bronx NY. He also taught at St. Ann's
Academy, New York City; Central Catholic H.S. Lawrence, MA; Cardinal
Hayes H.lS., Bronx NY; Marmion Military Academy, Aurora, IL and St.
Helena H.S.(Monsignor Scanlan H.S.), Bronx NY. There were positions
of responsibilities as the Director/Principal of St. Mary's H.S., Manhasset
NY, and Central Catholic H.S., Wheeling WVA. He was in Switzerland in
1961 for the purpose of establishing a school which plans were never
finalized. He served as the Direction of Education for the Marist Brothers
in the late '50s and '60s. Marist College, Poughkeepsie Ny provided
him with the opportunity to direct their teacher training program. Brother
Bernard was the Associate Diocesan Superintendent of Schools in Birmingham
AL. In the late '70s he served as the Executive Director for the New
York State Catholic Schools. He finalized his active years by filling
the roles of Director of Development and Director of the Marist Brothers
Community at Archbishop Molloy H.S.
I heard one story when I was a young teacher at St. Ann's Academy. At
Marmion Military Academy in the '40s, the Brothers ate lunch with the
Benedictine priests. When the priests wanted to discuss something privately,
they switched into Latin. This annoyed Barney. After a few months, when
a Latin discussion started, Barney joined right in using fluent Latin.
That ended the Latin conversations! This story illustrated how brilliant
Barney was, but also his nice way of handling annoying situations. ----