June 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program mourns the passing of Henry G. “Brud” Cleaveland, a former Buckeye diver and accomplished coach at three different institutions.
Cleaveland, born in 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from East Cleveland High School before arriving at Ohio State. As a Buckeye diver from 1938-40, he finished seventh in the 1-meter dive at the NCAA Championships.
Cleaveland earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State and then went on to teach and coach at near-by Ohio Wesleyan before he served in the Navy during WWII.
After the war, Cleveland traveled to the west coast and received his MS and EdD at UCLA, where he was also the swimming coach. From 1948-1976, he taught and coached water polo and gymnastics at Santa Monica College. In 1971, he competed in diving and swimming at one of the early Senior Olympics. He made his debut in Masters swimming at the 1973 Nationals, held in Santa Monica, Calif.
Other notable experiences include diving in the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936; conducting a swim school in Encino, CA from 1950 for 16 years; teaching swimming at an American school in Tokyo, Japan, 1964-1966; placing in the Top Ten in several events since 1975 and being on two Maverick National record relays.
Over the years, he was an active member of The American Red Cross, Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis, Rotary, First Presbyterian Church, Church World Service Crop Walk, Habitat for Humanity. Brud was instrumental in the establishment of the Edgewater YMCA.
Cleaveland is survived by his wife, Betty, a daughter, Becky Cleaveland of Garden Grove, CA, a son, Bradley Cleaveland of Floral City, FL, two stepdaughters, Pat O’Hara of Springfield, VA, Christa Hyatt of Orlando, FL, a stepson, MIke Zinn of Dallas TX, eleven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.