Harry Lee Braeuer, M.D., was born in Stephenville, Texas, on August 11, 1933. A loving, dedicated husband, an amazing father and grandfather, and a compassionate, caring physician and colleague to many, Harry peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 3, 2013.
Harry spent his childhood in Stephenville. A gifted scholar and athlete, he was selected to the 1951 National High School All-America Football Team as an outstanding quarterback. He went on to study Pre-Med at the University of Texas and graduated in 1959 as a Doctor of Medicine from UTMB-Galveston. He then completed his surgical internship at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1965, Dr. Braeuer completed his surgical residency at the U.S. Public Health Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. His highly respected practice for his last 30 years before retirement was at Bay Area Surgical Associates, established with his partner and dear friend, Dr. C. David Hearn. During his career in the Bay Area, Dr. Braeuer's active hospital staff affiliations included Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Christus St. John Hospital, Alvin Community Hospital, and Memorial Southeast Hospital.
Beyond his extraordinary dedication to his family and his work, Harry enjoyed a love for sports over the years, completing 12 marathons, hiking in the Rocky Mountains—he particularly loved the challenges on Longs Peak—and becoming an accomplished golfer. Underscoring these commitments was an enduring love of opera, classical music, and jazz.
Harry is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy (Kathryn Bell Braeuer), and his children and grandchildren: Teresa, Benjamin, LB, and Austin Joel; Rebecca, Glenn, Jason, Michael, and Natalie Frels; Elaine, Kenneth, Joshua, Kara, and Carter Mican; Harry (Rob), Bernadette, Beatrice, Lucy, Ella, and Harry Braeuer; Matthew, Renee, Nathaniel, and Levi Langley; Nathaniel, Marisa, and Noel Braeuer; Susan, Christopher, Emma, and Maya Dam. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Braeuer and Mattie Jarrett Roberts; his stepfather, Dr. O. M. Roberts; the dear mother to four of his children, Jane Harkey Weinheimer; and his beloved sister and her husband, Martha and Ray Graves.
Harry was a gentle and godly family man. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, cousins, nieces, nephews, many friends, and former patients who knew and admired him for his humility, graciousness, wit, and wisdom.
A memorial service was held for Dr. Braeuer at Webster Presbyterian Church, 201 W. NASA Pkwy., on Saturday, January 26, at 11 a.m., with a reception immediately followed in the WPC Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be directed to the following: Webster Presbyterian Church-Music Ministry, 201 W. NASA Pkwy., Webster, TX 77598; or YMCA of the Rockies, in Memory of Dr. Harry Braeuer, online at http://www.ymcarockies.org, under the Give tab, or by mail to YMCA of the Rockies, Attn: Jinetta Zentmire, 2515 Tunnel Rd., Estes Park, CO 80511