Brian R. Copeland M.D., 64, of Midland, died Saturday evening, June 8, 2013, at the University of Michigan
Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He was born May 21, 1949, in Pawtucket, R.I., son of Natalie (O'Brien) Copeland, of Corning, N.Y., and the late Clinton Reeves Copeland.
Dr. Copeland was currently serving as medical director of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and Senior Staff Neurosurgeon at the MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland.
Brian received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., and his medical doctorate from Columbia University Medical School in New York. Dr. Copeland served his general surgery internship and his general surgery residency at University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis, Minn., from 1975-1976. He later went on to serve his senior residency and chief residency in Neurosurgery at Columbia-Presbyterian in New York City from 1979-1981.
Before coming to Midland, Dr. Copeland spent 20 years at Scripps Clinic where he led the Division of Neurosurgery and was a research scientist at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. Dr. Copeland's Gamma Knife Training Courses included training in San Diego, Calif., Norcross, Ga., Pittsburgh, Pa,, and Vienna, Austria. While at Scripps Clinic, he was also chairman of the Department of Neurosciences at San Diego's Children's Hospital and a faculty member at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 30 scientific papers.
On July 3, 2006, he married the former Margaret (Stephan) Kennedy in Bluff Point, N.Y. She survives him.
Surviving besides his mother, Natalie; and his wife, Margaret, are his stepchildren, Stephanie Kennedy, Garrett Kennedy, and Casey Bonaguidi; one brother, Scott (Marti) Copeland; and sister, Carolyn (Joseph) Caruolo.
A memorial service to honor Dr. Copeland's life and legacy will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013, from St. John's Episcopal Church, 405 N. Saginaw St., Midland. The Rev. Rob Skirving will officiate. Dr. Copeland's family will receive friends after the service from 3:30-5:30 p.m. There will be no calling hours prior to the memorial service at the church. In honoring Dr. Copeland's wishes, please direct memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org
(please click donate in memory or honor at the bottom of the homepage) or mail donations to P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, rather then floral tributes.
Memorial and cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors, 1200 W. Wheeler St., Midland, MI 48640.