The Rev. Carol Irene Brody died on November 17, 2016 at the age of 88.
Carol was born in Euclid, OH on April 20, 1928 to parents Louise and John, and grew up in Cleveland, OH. In 1950, she married Paul Brody, beginning a marriage that would last the next 65 years. Carol attended Otterbein University, and in 1975 began taking classes at Methodist Theological School in Ohio; she graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1984.
Her service as Director of Religious Education at the First UU Church of Columbus, OH began in 1965. Carol was a devoted teacher with a passion for liberal religious education, and she initiated the congregation’s sex education curriculum. On October 12, 1981 the congregation ordained Rev. Brody as their Minister of Religious Education. After faithfully serving her church for many years, Rev. Brody retired from the ministry in 1994, and in 1999 the congregation honored her as their Minister Emerita.
Rev. Brody dedicated much time and energy to the denomination, and was ever a staunch supporter of civil rights and social justice. In the course of her ministry she served as the inaugural chair of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Women and Religion Committee, as well as District Consultant to the UUA’s Ohio-Meadville District from 1985 to 1994.
In her spare time Carol enjoyed many varied interests, including art, dance, music, poetry, and travel. She also loved to spend time each day in her hubcap garden, and to appreciate the wildlife and natural beauty surrounding her beloved home in the hills.
Carol is survived by children Jill (Douglas Bryant), John (Kate), Jim (Kim), and Jane (Chris Jay); grandchildren Maggie Moskal (Brandon), Sam Brody, David Bryant, Matthew Bryant, Lindsie Katz, and Jeremy Katz; and great-grandchildren Lucy and John Paul Moskal.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio (part of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio) and to Clintonville Beechwold Community Resources Center.
A memorial service was held on December 3, 2016 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH 43214.
Notes of condolence can be sent to John Brody at 1894 King Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212.