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Louis F. Brakeman
ORANGE CITY, FL: Louis F. Brakeman, 79, of Orange City, FL passed away on July 20, 2012.
Lou lived a full and satisfying life. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI, the eldest of three children, as the depression was taking hold. He graduated from Kalamazoo College, where he met his wife, Lori. He was awarded a Danforth Fellowship, which supported him as he pursued his graduate education. He spent a year in India on a Fulbright Scholarship and received his doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His first teaching position was at Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. He next moved to Granville, OH where he initially taught Political Science at Denison University and then became chief academic officer until his retirement 23 years later. The Brakemans then moved to DeLand where he served as Provost of Stetson University for six years. He was active in his church for all of his years.
He dearly loved his five children, all of whom he considered to be responsible, caring, talented and close to each other. They are David Brakeman (& Nancy) of St. Charles, MO, Mark Brakeman of Philadelphia, PA, Peter Brakeman (& Michele Richards) of Kalamazoo, MI, Paul Brakeman of Scotts Mills, OR, and Amy Livezey (& Dale) of Helena, MT. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Lou supported his wife of nearly 59 years in her endeavors of which there were many. He loved her very much. He also had great love of the theater, art, music, birding, and lifelong learning.
He experienced considerable discouragement now and again during his life. However, toward the end he wrote in a brief memoir "a dark cloud lifted, I felt enlightened, loved, given new life. An act of grace, surprised by joy." He came to appreciate that every moment is a key moment.
He will be missed by those who knew him.
Published in the The Advocate on July 26, 2012