Philanthropist And Businessman: Cabell Brand Dead At 91

Salem, VA - At 91, philanthropist and businessman, Cabell Brand, is dead at 91. Brand was one of the most connected men in Virginia -- literally able to pick up the phone and reach Presidents and governors. He was a major champion for the less fortunate, not only here in our area, but worldwide. It seems everything one could say about Cabell Brand would be an understatement.

His accomplishments and major impacts too numerous to list and a man that will be missed by many people.

Those that knew Salem's Cabell Brand know the best way to describe him.

At the top of that list is that he was a man whose life long ambition was world peace -- through the example of being a visionary leader.

"He cared about the environment and cared about the people,"said friend, Ted Edlich.

Edlich last saw Brand at Edlich's retirement on Friday after 39 years as president for Total Action Against Poverty - now known as Total Action for Progress.

The non-profit has helped hundreds of thousands of people since Brand created it in 1965

"He cared about the people that had been on the sidelines. He cared deeply about the future of this country and the future of the planet," said Edlich.

Brand's resume is not limited to him helping institute the Marshall Plan after World War II.

He created the internationally renowned, Cabell Brand Center, which strives for world peace and the uplifting of the poor.

He created the Children's Health Insurance Program - or ChiP - which is now nationwide.

He worked hand and hand with those feeding the less fortunate.

"His vision of how to help people was so interconnected so he really got that hunger and poverty and education and environmental issues were all intertwined,"said Carissa South from Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

His most enduring legacy - many agree - will likely be the knowledge he passed along to the incalculable number of people he touched during his 91-years.

"Because of what he did there will be a lot of other people trying and giving things their best because he showed us that it could be done," said TAP's interim president, Annette Lewis.

Cabell Brand's family has set a public viewing at Oakey's in Salem on Friday from 5 until 8.

His funeral service is set for Saturday at 2:30 at Salem Presbyterian Church.

The family suggests donations to three organizations in Brand's honor including to Total Action for Progress, The Cabell Brand Center and to the Shirley Hurt Brand Fund to Benefit Children Hunger Relief - which is administered by Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

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