Har­riet Bren­nan Bran­ick, M.D.

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Dr. Har­riet Bran­ick died qui­etly the night of Sept. 12 af­ter a very long ill­ness. Her im­me­di­ate fam­ily was at her side dur­ing her fi­nal days, which were peace­ful.

Dr. Har­riet was born Aug. 10, 1937 in Colum­bus, Ohio, where her fa­ther worked plant­ing “shel­ter belts” with the Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps. She grew up in the Sacra­mento Val­ley, at­tend­ing El Camino High School in Sacra­mento, and Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis (B.A. 1959). She then at­tended the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Med­i­cal School, San Fran­cisco (M.D. 1962), where she met her hus­band of 55 years, Dr. Bob Bran­ick. Af­ter her in­tern­ship (St. Mary’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter, San Fran­cisco), and a res­i­dency in Anes­the­si­ol­ogy (High­land Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Alameda County), she be­gan her 30 year med­i­cal prac­tice, most of which was at the Pe­taluma Val­ley Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where her surgery peers hon­ored her by elect­ing her Chair of the Surgery Dept.

She was a mem­ber of the Sonoma County Med­i­cal Assn., the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Assn., the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Anes­the­si­ol­ogy, and the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Anes­the­si­ol­ogy.

She was an artist, seam­stress, and dec­o­ra­tor, and nowhere was this more ob­vi­ous than in her suc­cess in restor­ing the fam­ily’s old Ir­ish Georgian home on the shore of Gal­way Bay, Kin­vara, Co. Gal­way. Scrub­bing, paint­ing, and pol­ish­ing, fol­lowed by visit­ing, tour­ing, and ex­plor­ing, her Ir­ish va­ca­tion motto was “Work a day - Play a day.”

Dur­ing all of this, she man­aged to raise four chil­dren, all of whom were at her side at the end - Robert (wife Carolyn Kearney), Joanna (hus­band Tim Collins), Mar­garet (hus­band Jim Abilla), and Mary (hus­band John Ujda). Col­lec­tively, they hon­ored her with eight grand­chil­dren, all of whom will par­tic­i­pate in the cel­e­bra­tion of her life to be held at St. Hilary Catholic Church, Tiburon, on Tues­day, Sept. 19 at 11:00 A.M. All are wel­come. There will be a vigil and rosary the evening prior, also at St. Hilary, at 7:00 P.M.

The staff at Wind­chime of Marin cared for her lov­ingly for the last 10 years of her life, and the staff of Con­tin­uum Care Hospice were in­valu­able dur­ing her last months.

The fam­ily is very grate­ful for the years of prayers, en­cour­age­ment, and sup­port.

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