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Memorial book being donated to Hays library

7/16/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

The published work of “The Prairie Internationalist” was donated to Hays Public Library. The editor, Dr. William Salmon, Salina, will make the presentation to Eric Norris, director of the library, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The memorial book is the compilation of 111 articles written by Claude “Bud” Brann, a graduate of Salina High School in the class of 1953 and from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1960. Brann retired to Hays and lived with his sister.

In retirement, Brann shared his views in a series of articles to area newspapers, in emails to friends, and in blogs for general distribution. Salmon is a friend and colleague of Brann, who asked him to compile the material into two volumes subsequently published in one hardback edition for presentation to the city libraries at Hays and Salina, and the school libraries at Salina Central and Kansas Wesleyan University.

Brann was trained as a chemist at KWU. On graduation, he was hired as a salesman for an international paint company. His assignment was the counties in the Far East of Japan, Korea and China. Many of the published articles are stories of encounters with the cultures. One such article is, “The Day I Met the Kamikaze Pilots.” Other stories reflect his Kansas upbringing and his school and college interests. Brann was a critical observer of education, politics and society.

In the best sense of the word, Brann was a curmudgeon. He practiced the skill as an observer of the times in which he lived. The editor observed there is a research paper on the topic of global life during the post-depression generation.

The book is available to the general readership at the library.