Dr. J. Bradley Aust
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Dr. J. Bradley Aust was born September 8, 1926 in Buffalo, N.Y. He grew up in Niagara Falls and graduated from LaSalle High School in 1943. He was recruited into the Navy V-12 program and finished his pre-med requirements at Union College. The Navy then sent him to the University of Buffalo Medical School. After graduating with an MD in 1949, he married his high school sweetheart, Connie MacMullin. They moved to Minneapolis where Brad completed his internship and residency, earned an M.S. in Physiology and a PhD in Surgery, and became a Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. His training was interrupted by the Korean War and he served two years in the Navy, first at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital and then on a mobile surgical team in Korea before returning to Minneapolis. In 1965 he was recruited to be the first chairman of the Department of Surgery at the fledgling University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. By the time he retired in 1996 after 30 years his department had trained hundreds of surgeons, many of them practicing in the San Antonio area. He was president of The Texas Surgical Association, The Western Surgical Association, The Southern Surgical Society and served on many academic committees at the state and national level. Brad was an avid hunter, an accomplished photographer, a lover of classical music and wine, a skier, cyclist, and tennis player. He was a member of the Oak Hills Rotary Club. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Connie and their six children, Jay Aust and wife Christi Carletti, Barbara Hodge, Mary Lou Gallion and husband John, Tracey Norment and husband Mike, Dr. Bonnie Aust and husband Dr. Peter Rotwein, and Linda Aust; 12 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother Dr. John Aust and wife Bethany. He will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched. CELEBRATION OF LIFE WEDNESDAY
MARCH 24, 2010
11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Christus Santa Rosa, 4241 Woodcock Dr St. A-100, San Antonio, Texas 78228; JB Aust Surgical Society c/o John Myers @ UTHSC 7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78229; or Reaching Maximum Independence (RMI), 6334 Montgomery, San Antonio, Texas 78259. You are invited to sign The guestbook at www.porterloring.com
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Published in San Antonio Express-News from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2010.
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March 25, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Jerralee Pace
March 23, 2010
My favorite Norments,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Know you are loved by many and your Dad and GRandpa influenced that by raising you to be who you are. His influence did not merely touch other doctors, but each of you!

Mrs. Gorgeous
March 22, 2010
My wife, Victoria, and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Mrs. Aust and family. As a surgical resident, I was able to learn from him and the excellent surgical faculty he developed at the UTHSC in San Antonio. I have many fond memories of him during my years of training. His presence will be deeply missed. God bless.
Pete Turcinovic, MD
March 22, 2010
Beth and I extend our sympathy to Connie and the rest of the Aust family. His passing touches all of us who knew and respected him. His legacy of training so many surgeons will always be remembered. He was indeed a gentleman.
Hank Bohne
March 21, 2010
Marilyn and I extend our condolence to the Aust family - both his family by blood and his family by professional association. Dr. Aust was one of the giants of American Surgery during a "golden age" of Surgical innovation and development. His policies and persona, the faculty he assembled, and the environment he fostered, developed one of the leading Departments of Surgery in the United States for training clinical Surgeons. As the first Chair of a new department at a new medical school, he retired as the only original Chair to survive and prosper since the inception of the University of Texas Health Science Center. In a sometimes hostile academic and professional environment, he prospered and survived several Presidents and numerous Deans. Dr. Aust was the boss that I recognized for 22 years. My gratitude for his guidance and nurturing is, I am sure, shared by all the residents he trained and the faculty who worked with him and for him. We shall miss him greatly.

Carey P. Page, M.D.
Professor of Surgery, UTHSCSA (Ret.)
Marilyn B. Page
Carey Page
March 21, 2010
Our sincere condolences to Mrs. Aust and the family for the loss of our admired "CHIEF". He will always be remembered as an extraordinary mentor during my surgical training, a leader, and a dear friend. Jose E. and Denise Molina (1974)
Jose E. Molina
March 20, 2010
I first met Brad soon after he arrived in San Antonio. Early on he was not sure about his new home in Texas. In time he developed into a great Texan who loved life. It is hard to count the many lives he touched as a teacher and Doctor.
Bill Young
March 19, 2010
My condolences for the death of JB Aust and our sympathies extended to Connie and the whole family, I owe a debt of gratitude to Joe Aust who with exceptional leadership, wisdom and example contributed to the careers of many surgeons.He was an important factor in my success as a surgeon. I have many good memories of my years as a resident in San Antonio and feel the loss of a great teacher who left an indelible mark in the world of Surgery. Our thoughts are with you. Mario and Karen Ahrens (class of 1970)
Mario Ahrens
March 19, 2010
I will never forget the night in June of 1971 when in Bexar County Hospital after a kidney transplant done by Dr.Aust and DR.Waid Rogers.About 10:00pm that evening I heard a big commotion in the hallway outside my room,in seconds in entered Dr Aust and Dr.Rogers in tux along with several other Drs,he had been at a dinner talking about his transplant patients and brought all his friends to see me and show me off ! Here was a roomful of Drs all in Tuxedo's hearing Dr.Aust talking about me and how well I was doing! He will be greatly missed!
Mike Mares (San Antonio)
Mike Mares
March 19, 2010
The world is a better place for all Dr. Aust's accomplishments, mentoring, teaching, surgical innovations and his friendship. He will be remembered forever and greatly missed.
Ginger Valdes
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