Eric John Brock

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Eric John Brock

SHREVEPORT, LA - The visitation for Eric John Brock will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 5, 2011 at Rose-Neath Marshall Street. A private interment will be held later.

Local historian, author, and historic preservationist Eric John Brock died in Shreveport on November 30, 2011, at the age of 45 as the result of a heart attack. He was born on September 24, 1966, in Berkeley, California, but he moved with his family to Shreveport at a very early age and became one of her most devoted citizens. Mr. Brock, a 1988 graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana, was the author of over 500 articles on Shreveport, Northwest Louisiana, and Louisiana historical topics. His columns "The Presence of the Past," for the Shreveport Journal and "A Look Back" for the Forum Weekly and the sixteen books he wrote on Shreveport and Louisiana history will help to preserve the memory of a life cut tragically too short. The city of Shreveport will forever be indebted to Eric for his numerous contributions preserving Shreveport's past.

A favorite quotation of Eric's was by Jim Hightower: "The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos," and it is not surprising that this sentiment resonated with him. Everything Eric did, he did with passion and intensity. With unswerving loyalty, Eric was always ready to engage in battle for any person or cause that he loved, armed with his encyclopedic knowledge of a wide range of subjects and his razor-sharp wit. But those closest to him also knew a quieter, though no less committed, side of him as well. He is remembered by many for his eager willingness to share his vast knowledge of a number of topics, ranging from Shreveport history to classical numismatics. Both his kind heart and his doorway would open to any cat in need of a home, despite his allergies. He will by missed by his beloved cats, Buddy, Huey, Princess, and Allie, and preceded in death by Puddie, Brooki, Baby, and Henry. In one of his final acts of generosity, as Eric began focusing more of his research on ancient Roman history and culture, he donated his extensive collection of historic Shreveport images and memorabilia, collected over a lifetime, to the LSUS Archives, where they will be available for research to the public.

His grandparents Marion Laflin Berg and Warner Edward Berg preceded Mr. Brock in death. He is mourned by his widow, Shannon Glasheen Brock, his mother, Victoria Berg Brock, both of Shreveport, LA; his father, Robert Donald Brock of El Cajon, CA; grandmother, Frances J. Smith Brock of Poway, CA;

The family wishes to thank the physicians and staff in MICU at LSUHSC for their concerned care.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Oakland Preservation Society of Shreveport at oaklandcemeteryla.org or to The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary of Rome, Italy at www. romancats.com.

Requiescat in pace.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2011
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