Dr. J. Putnam "Put" Brodsky
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Dr. J. Putnam "Put" Brodsky

Shrewsbury - Dr. J. Putnam "Put" Brodsky, 88, recently of Shrewsbury passed away peacefully on November 20th following a short bout with lung cancer. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Put was raised in Summit, NJ and attended the New York Military Academy. His family summered at the Jersey shore and ultimately moved to Rumson in 1952, the year he graduated from Princeton University. In 1953, he married the love of his life, Margaret "Peggy" Morse, with whom he raised three children. Dr. Brodsky attended medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and completed his training at NYC's Bellevue Hospital and at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Following two years as captain in the Army in Puerto Rico, Dr. Brodsky moved his family to Rumson to start his medical practice. He practiced for 40 years at his office on East River Rd. in Rumson. Dr. Brodsky was an internist specializing in pulmonary medicine, but most considered him as their family doctor. He was known for his compassionate level of care, making house calls and getting to know his patients and their families. He enjoyed making rounds at Riverview Hospital, where he served in various capacities including Chief of Medicine, Co-Director of the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit and the first director of the Drug Rehab Center. He served as the Rumson Police & Fire Surgeon from 1964 to 2000 and as president of the Rumson Board of Health from 1965 to 1991. He also served on the boards of the Central Jersey Blood Center, the Visiting Nurses Association, and the Borough of Shrewsbury Board of Health. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rumson, where he served as a church elder. Dr. Brodsky was an avid sailor and boater, and served as Commodore of the Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club. Put was a well-fed member of the Fatmen's and ROMEO men's lunch groups. His other interests included the opera, river and ocean cruises, playing bridge, wine and serving as an officer in his beloved Princeton class. He loved model trains and developed a large train layout in his house with conductor's hats for each grandchild. Put met his wife, Peggy, in kindergarten. They remained close friends growing up, and were engaged upon graduation from college. He credits her with encouraging him to pursue his interests in medicine. They were married 58 years until her death in 2011. He is survived by his children, John and his wife Mary, Carolyn and her wife Julie, Rob and his wife Liz, grandchildren John Putnam, Charlotte, Christopher, Kirsten, Jessica, Stephanie and Sarah, his brother Robert and his wife Toni, as well as his cherished nephews and niece and their extended families. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Rumson in January. Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 25, 2018.
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January 18, 2019
Put will be missed by many. He was a good friend and neighbor on E. River Rd for many years. He and Peggy were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, and a good friend to Skip. Our family extends sympathy to the whole Brodsky Family. Sincerely, Mary Ellen Wilson
Mary Ellen Wilson
December 5, 2018
Put and Peg together again and what a reunion that must be. I believe that heaven is so special partly because of the beautiful and loving people already there. To be surrounded and filled with perfect love is definitely a time for them to rejoice. God bless the ones left behind for now with the peace and assurance the Lord is good and will stay close at hand.
December 3, 2018
He was always a gentleman, caring and respectful of everyone.. a gentle man.. he will be missed.
Cindy T
November 28, 2018
Put was the most recent past president of his Princeton class of 1952. His presidency terminated with the class' 65th reunion. For months, he commuted tirelessly to Princeton to oversee every detail of the celebration which was a huge success. He is sorely missed by his classmates and spouses. May light perpetual shine upon him, a very special friend.
Carol Saunders
November 26, 2018
May the peace of God guard your heart and your thoughts as you mourn the passing of your loved one. Php 4: 7
November 25, 2018
My prayers and condolences to the family. Dr. Brodsky was a pleasure to work with, he treated the nurses at Riverview Medical with respect and kindness. He will be missed.
Violet Kauffman RN
November 25, 2018
Dr. Brodsky was our family doctor and there were 7 of us so we came to know him, and he came to know us quite well. My fondest memory of him is when I was a teen and just "testing my wings" which didn't sit well with my dad. Dr. B had a little talk with him about letting me find my own way and all was well. A man of great compassion and patience.
Lynda Rose
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