B. Floyd Flickinger, 87 expert on area history

November 21, 1992

B. Floyd Flickinger, an expert on the history of Maryland and this region of the country who had taught in Baltimore area colleges, died Wednesday after a heart attack at a nursing home in Northumberland, Pa. He was 87.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St.

Before he retired, he taught courses at Notre Dame, Loyola College, University of Baltimore, Baltimore City Community College, University of Maryland at Baltimore and Mount St. Agnes College in this area and at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

He moved to Baltimore in the 1940s. He had been a historian of the National Park Service and superintendent of the Jamestown and Yorktown, Va., National Historic Park.

The native of Reinholds, Pa., was reared in Shepherdstown, W.Va., where he graduated from Shepherd College, then a two-year institution. He earned his bachelor's degree at Lafayette College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He did graduate work at the University of Virginia as a du Pont fellow in American history and also studied at the Johns Hopkins University.

A founder of the Council of the Allegheny, he was director of its Institute of Allegheny Life and Culture.

Mr. Flickinger donated his collection of 9,000 books, etchings and manuscripts on American history to Hood College.

He had been a member of both the Maryland Bicentennial Commission and the Bicentennial Council of the 13 Original States.

The former president of the Maryland Poetry Society was a member of the John Eager Howard Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the National Parks Association.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Geneva Ely-Flickinger, who retired in 1982 as chairman of the secondary education department at Towson State University; two sisters, Margaret Flickinger and Alice Stahl, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; and two brothers, Joseph Flickinger of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Quentin Flickinger of Chesapeake, Va.

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