William R. "Bill" Bronson
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William "Bill" R. Bronson, MD, 87, of West Hartford, formerly of Farmington, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Hartford Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Fredrickson) Bronson. Born in Middletown, the son of the late Paul N. and Dorothy (Carlson) Bronson, Bill grew up in Portland and graduated from Portland High School. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown in 1953 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While at Wesleyan, he met Jean and the couple married in 1954. Bill continued his studies at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he was elected into the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. After graduating in 1958, he remained there in residency for two years before training and serving with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD for 6 years. In 1966, Bill joined the staff of Hartford Hospital as the Director of the Hematology Laboratory. He was subsequently promoted to Chairman of the Department of Pathology and retired in 1994. Dr. Bronson was known for his high level of competency, integrity, strong intellect and unassuming manner. As a young child, Bill enjoyed collectables, a passion he pursued his entire life. He later developed a passion for ornithology and natural history, and served on the Trinity College Watkinson Library Board of Trustees. Bill will always be remembered by his family and friends as a thoughtful, wise and kind person.In addition to Jean, his wife of 65 years, Bill is survived by five children and their families, James P. Bronson and his children Callum and Nicola of Gilford, NH; Ellen Young and her husband Vincent of Brookfield; Karen Peterson, her husband Josh, and her children Madison, Nathaniel, and Caroline of Seekonk, MA; William R. Bronson, Jr. of Farmington; and Paul N. Bronson, his wife Jenny, and their children, Kate and Lucas of West Hartford. Bill is survived by his brother Charles Bronson of Cromwell and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother John D. Bronson. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 311 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Burial will follow at the Swedish Cemetery, Portland. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, www.birds.cornell.edu. Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, West Hartford has care of arrangements. For directions and online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com.
Published in Hartford Courant on Feb. 3, 2019.
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October 10, 2019
I am very sad to learn of Dr. Bronson's passing. We worked together for many years in the lab at Hartford Hospital. He was a kind man and cared for all the people that he worked with. I enjoyed talking with him and kept in contact with him for many years after we both retired. I would call him once a year and we would update each other on how our families were doing. It was a privilege to know Bill and have him as a friend.
Our deepest sympathy to Jean and all of the Bronson family.

Theophil (Ted) and Nancy Begansky
Theophil Begansky
February 14, 2019
My heart is very sad as I think of Dr. Bronson's passing. He was such an inspiration to me and my mentor at Hartford Hospital for many years. I shall always remember his kind, warm manner and all that I learned from him as a hematology technologist and later as the Assistant Director of Lab Administration. It was truly an honor to have worked with such a wonderful man.
My most sincere sympathy to Mrs. Bronson and the entire family. He is certainly now in that Great Laboratory!
Bunny Ferry
February 3, 2019
We are so sorry to hear og Bill's death. He was a true gentleman. Our deepest sympathy to Jean and children.
Ann and Dean Uphoff
February 3, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the whole Bronson family. Bill was a wonderful person, and it was a privilege to know him.

Jeff and Llyn Kaimowitz
February 3, 2019
My sincere condolences to my old friend and "over the fence neighbor" Karen and the Bronson family. Dr. Bronson was a wonderful person with whom I had the honor of working years ago at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Bronson was highly regarded among his peers, well-respected and genuinely liked by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Wishing you peace at this time.
Karen (Grippo) Duffy
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