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James A. Broderick Jr.

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James A. Broderick Jr. Obituary
April 5, 1915 - August 31, 2015 James A. Broderick, Jr., beloved husband of Camilla, father of Thomas ("TJ") and predeceased daughter Camilla, passed away peacefully at the age of 100 and five months. A native of Los Angeles and charter member of St. Brendan Parish since its founding in 1915, "Jim" exemplifies the enduring ideals of America's Greatest Generation. After graduating St. Brendan Grade School, Loyola High School, and Georgetown University, James attended University of California Boalt Hall Law School and completed his L.L.B. at Loyola Law School in 1941. In 1942, James enlisted in the U.S. Army, served in the U.S. Army Legal Department throughout WWII, after which he married Camilla and began his private law practice at Minds & Broderick. Subsequently, James merged his practice with the late Brian J. Kennedy; and in Broderick-Kennedy fashion, their lawyer-daughters, the late Camilla L. Broderick and Kathleen A. Kennedy (now a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge), each joined her own father's practice in what became an inter-family-father-daughter-law-office, worthy of a hit tv series. James was a man of untold generosity. In 1949, together with friends Ken Olsen, Don D'Amato, Anthony Caruso, and Sister Thomasine who co-founded Holy Family Adoption Services, James guided thousands of adoptions of children into loving families in the 1950s and 60s. James adopted two; Don adopted five; Anthony adopted two; and Ken had seven of his own. Meanwhile, legendary Franciscan Father Hugh Noonan called upon James to assist in establishing "The Hour of St. Francis" for radio, Franciscan Communications for television and film, and in 1972, St. Francis Center in downtown Los Angeles to serve the poor and homeless. James was also a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and St. Thomas More Society, as well as Past President and Director of Wilshire Bar Association, as was his daughter Camilla. James was predeceased by daughter Camilla L. Broderick, brother George V. Broderick, and sister-in-law Joan F. Broderick. He is survived by his wife, Camilla, and son, Thomas ("TJ") Broderick. Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Center, Holy Family Services (Cathedral Center of St. Paul), and Loyola High School Class of 1933. The Memorial Mass will be on Friday, September 11th at 10 am at St. Brendan Catholic Church, at 3rd and Van Ness, directed by InvoCare: (800) 649-6958.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 6 to Sept. 10, 2015
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