BRANDT Allan A. Brandt of Milford Connecticut died peacefully on May 1, 2012. He was 89 years old. Beloved husband, father and grand-father, he practiced as a local physician for many years prior to becoming Director of Emergency Medical Services at Milford Hospital. He was instrumental in establishing the city's first Emergency Medical Services Council, which pulled together elected representatives, police and fire chiefs, public health administrators and community organizations into developing and funding an innovative system coordinating emergency services, communication and education. Their efforts allowed Milford to pioneer participation in the national 911 system. He also helped establish a separate Emergency Department at Milford Hospital where he supported the development of a board certification specialty in Emergency Medicine which became a requirement for Milford Hospital's Emergency Room physicians. He was named 1975's Milford Citizen of the Year. Allan was a Long Island native and alumni of Amherst College and Yale School of Medicine. He served as president of Milford Hospital's medical staff, president of the Connecticut Emergency Physicians Association, was appointed to the Governor's EMS Council, chaired the Task Force to set state EMS standards and created basic life support courses for local high school students. While at Milford Hospital he established the annual training exercise whereby first responders participate in mock disaster drills in order to test their preparedness. He also served on the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Heart Association Advanced Life Support Committee. In his retirement, he earned a degree in studio arts at Southern Connecticut State University where he subsequently served as Affiliate Faculty teaching computer graphics. He was president of the Caswell Cove Condominium Association where he enjoyed stints as webmaster and newsletter editor. He was firmly committed to the cause of end of life choice and active in testifying for legislation related to end of life options. More recently, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the mission of Milford Trees, Inc. Allan Brandt is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara Collins, her son Kevin Collins and his wife Cathleen. He is also survived by his first wife Joy Brandt Viertel and their children: Eric Brandt and his wife Mary Sullivan of Brookline, MA; Karen Brandt and her husband David Pomeroy of Arlington, VA; and Lauren Brandt and her husband Jean-Louis Sarbib of Washington, DC. Allan is also survived by the grandchildren he loved: Frances and Molly Brandt, Chloe and Leah Sarbib, Kevin and Ryan Collins and Erin and Robin Pomeroy. A vivid force in our lives to the end he will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Milford Hospital Foundation in the name of Dr. Allan A. Brandt Fund, 300 Seaside Avenue, Milford, CT 06460 or to Milford Trees Inc., PO Box 5082, Milford, CT 06460 in Dr. Brandt's memory. Interment will be private. The Gregory F. Doyle Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. To leave an on-line condolence please visit www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com
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Published in Connecticut Post on May 9, 2012