April 7, 1922 - August 14, 2013
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Seymour J. Brockman, age 91, was born in Chicago April 7, 1922 and died on August 14 from age-related issues. He was the son of Ida and Harry Brockman and the elder sibling to brother Bob and sister Esther whom he enjoyed looking after.
Seymour recalled wanting to be a doctor from the age of six and never considered any other profession. He graduated from Loyola University in Chicago in 1941 and was admitted to the University of Illinois, School of Medicine during the time that World War II was declared. He graduated in 1944 and began his internship with the U.S. Public Health Service in 1945.
Seymour entered the army for 2-years as a Captain in the Medical Corps and served in the Far East (Okinawa, Japan and Korea) until his discharge in 1947. He procured residency in San Francisco and through the machinations of his mother and his future mother-in-law was introduced to Sylvia, to whom he became engaged after their third date.
Sylvia, a native Los Angelina, agreed to move to San Francisco, complete her degree in Spanish at UC Berkeley and be with Seymour. However, she never liked San Francisco and upon her insistence, they moved to Los Angeles where Seymour became affiliated with Dr. Victor Goodhill and began his professional medical practice in July of 1950. He was certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology in 1951 and soon held several teaching positions including Clinical Instructor at USC from 1951-1960. He was an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, Head and Neck Specialty, at the UCLA Medical Center from 1960 until his retirement in 1972. Seymour was on the attending staff at Children's Hospital, Hollywood Presbyterian and Cedars of Lebanon Hospitals and the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Toward the end of his career he primarily worked out of the Century City Hospital where he was president of the Board of Directors for several years.
Seymour was deeply appreciative of the many travels he took with Sylvia and the social activities she organized with their many friends. He gave devoted support and care to Sylvia until her death this last December. He continued to live independently at home, indulging his passion for reading and learning, faithfully continuing his exercise regime, and keeping abreast of the activities of his family.
He is survived by his sons Howard (Anita), Bruce (Patti) and grandchildren Noah (Julie), Amber, Dustin, and Elias.
A memorial service will be held at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, August 18 at 10:00am. Reception to follow in Century City.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 17, 2013