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1922 - 2017
BRAASCH, John W. Surgeon and Educator Dr. John William Braasch, born December 11, 1922, passed away peacefully September 9th, 2017. Dr. Braasch was born in Rochester, MN, the third child of Dr. William F. Braasch and Nellie Stinchfield Braasch. Dr. Braasch was a graduate of Yale University (B.A. 1944), Harvard Medical School (M.D. 1946), the University of Illinois College of Medicine (M.S. in Physiology 1948), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D. in Surgery 1955). Dr. Braasch served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He completed his surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN (1951-55) where his father and grandfather had successful practices in urology and internal medicine. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Mayo Clinic for his numerous contributions to the field of surgery. Dr. Braasch was an accomplished and respected physician, practicing for most of his career at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA where he served as Chairman of the Department of General Surgery. Among many other appointments, he served as a Director of the American Board of Surgery, as President of the Boston Surgical Society, and as President of the New England Surgical Society. Dr. Braasch was a lifelong learner and educator. He founded Lahey Clinic's surgery residency program and served as the program director there for many years. He also established an internationally known Fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery at the Lahey Clinic. He authored numerous publications, several definitive textbooks, and held several academic appointments in the greater Boston area. Dr. Braasch was devoted to his extended family. He married Nancy King Braasch in Portland, Maine, on March 21, 1946. They raised four children and welcomed numerous visitors into their home. His extracurricular passions were tennis, bridge, and gardening. He was proud of his roses. He is survived by his children, Elizabeth B. Cech, William F. Braasch (Eugenia), Nancy B. Allen (Walter), and Peggy B. Hasley (Steve); his grandchildren, Edward, Melissa, William, Ann, Kathryn, Jane, Joseph, Mary, Bridget, Rebecca, and John; and his great grandchildren, Ryan and Harvey. John is preceded in death by his wife of 71 years Nancy King Braasch, and son-in-law Edward J. Cech. John Braasch was a friend and a mentor to countless physicians and other medical professionals. To his patients, Dr. Braasch was not only one of the best technicians in the world, but also a caring and devoted healer. He was quick with a smile and a kind word, insightful in the face of complexity, and never lost his sense of being a professional and a gentleman. He will remain an inspiration to his students, his colleagues and his family forever. A memorial service will be held at The First Parish in Lincoln on October 21st at 11 AM, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Braasch's name to the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA. Visiting Hours: No Visitation.

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Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 17, 2017
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