Msgr. Flanagan dies suddenly in Berlin
BERLIN, May 15 — The Right Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Flanagan, 61, founder of Boys Town, Neb., died early today in an Army hospital after a heart attack.
Flanagan, who arrived in Berlin yesterday to study GYA activities and confer with Gen. Lucius D. Clay, EUCOM commander, was stricken shortly after midnight in his room in Harnack House.
An Army doctor was called and he ordered Flanagan be taken to the 297th Sta. Hosp. where he was placed under an oxygen tent. He died about an hour and 15 minutes later.
At his bedside were Patrick Norton, his nephew and business manager for 28 years; Father Emmet L. Walsh, hospital chaplain; Sgt. Patrick Moriarity, of Seattle, founder of a German boy's group in Bremen; and Lt. Col. L. I. McShane, the doctor.
"He died peacefully. He apparently knew he was going to die," Walsh said.
Flanagan had suffered a heart attack in Vienna about a week ago.
When the attack came last night, he immediately asked for a Catholic priest to administer last rites. He had told friends his heart had been giving him trouble and "this has been a very hard trip."
He had been planning to pitch the first ball in a baseball game today between the Berlin Army Engineers and the 3rd Bn., 16th Inf. Regt.
After his arrival yesterday, he visited several GYA clubs in Berlin and planned more today before the ball game. He arrived in Germany May 9 for a two-week tour after more than a month's study of youth conditions in Austria.
Norton telephoned Boys Town immediately after Flanagan's death and advised Msgr. Patrick Aloysius Flanagan, the priest's brother. Also notified were two sisters in Ireland.
Funeral services will be conducted in Berlin Monday, at 11 a.m., in Berlin's Holy Rosary Church, with Konrad Cardinal von Preysing, bishop of Berlin, officiating. Three U.S. Army chaplains will assist. Rosary services were scheduled at Army chapels.
An Army plane then will carry the body to the U.S. Norton said burial would be either in Omaha or Boys Town.
Meanwhile, a "Father Flanagan Memorial Fund" to conduct relief work in Berlin, has been started by an international Catholic Action group here.