|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1918, Romania|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1991|
ALEXANDER E. BRODSKY, MD, 72, died Friday, February 1, 1991. He was born on September 29, 1918 in Romania and came to the United States at age 4 with his parents. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and earned his Bachelor's and Medical degrees at the University of Maryland. He served in the Army Medical Corps between 1942 and 1945. After the war, he received his orthopaedic and surgical training at Lenox Hill Hospital and the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City.
He came to Houston on January 1, 1950 to join the full time academic faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, as the first member of the newly-formed Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 1954 he became a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and for 17 years served as an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition to his 39-year full-time private practice of orthopedic surgery, he was Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine, and Associate Clinic Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He was attending orthopaedic surgeon at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital for over 30 years, at Methodist Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, VA Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital. He gave over 40 years of continuous service in teaching medical students, residents and graduate physicians. Since 1975 he has been a contributor and active lecturing member of the prestigious International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and held membership in the Cervical Sppine Research Society and in the North American Spine Society.
In 1974 he established the Orthopaedic Pathology Laboratory at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, and in 1975 began a Spine Fellowship Program through which he trained 34 physicians as specialists in spinal surgery. In 1979 he originated the Orthopaedic Pathology Lectureship which has been given in the Texas Medical Center on an annual basis since that date. He was also one of the pioneers in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal stenosis. In 1989 he and his wife received the Max H. Nathan Human Relations Award presented by the American Jewish Committee.
Dr. Brodsky is survived by his mother, Cecilia Brodsky, his wife Ruth White Brodsky; his children Donald White Brodsky and Joanne Fishbein Brodsky, James White Brodsky and Cynthia Schneidler Brodsky, and Ellen Brodsky Gaver and Brad Gaver, and his sister Madeline Paul and her husband Frank Paul, together with seven grandchildren: Harris Elliot Brodsky, Charles Alexander Brodsky, Lela Alexis Brodsky, Max Emmanuil Schneidler Brodsky, Gregor Lang Brodsky, Leonore Elizabeth Brodsky and Nathan Solman Gaber; and nephews Eric Paul and Marc Paul.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm Sunday February 3, 1991 at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 North Braeswood in Houston, and graveside at Woodlawn Cemetery following. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Alexander E. Brodsky Orthopedic Scholarship Fund, c/o the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, 6550 Fannin, Houston TX, or to the Children's Scholarship Fund at the Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston. -- published in the Houston Chronicle 3 Feb 1991. Transcriber is not a relative and has no further information regarding this family.
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