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BRODEEN, Rev. Dr. Eugene A. retired Lutheran Bishop, was born to the Rev. Austin and Helen Brodeen, a superintendent of schools in Burlington, IA. His grandfather also was a Lutheran pastor and his grandmother a church organist. He and his deceased wife of 63 years, Elizabeth, a church organist and worship composer, were blessed with four children, David, Karen, Bruce, and Mark; and five grandchildren, Jessica, Brittany, Kirsten, Austen, and Blake. Following a college education at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, Gene studied at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago University, Brown University and Boston University. Continuing education included graduate level course work at Harvard Business School with studies in theology, advanced leadership and management, and conflict management. Dr. Brodeen was a trustee at three colleges and two seminaries. He served as a member of many local and national service organizations and boards, including National Lutheran Office for Research and Planning, Rotary, Y.M.C.A, Eger Health Care Center and Foundation (NYC), Police Chaplain, and Salvation Army. Pastor Brodeen was very active in pan-Lutheran affairs, assisting in both the founding and future growth of Camp Calumet Lutheran in New Hampshire and the Lutheran Service Organization in the New England states. He was also active ecumenically, pioneering Lutheran/Roman Catholic Dialogue (1962) and chairing the New England Council of Catholic and Protestant Bishops. Among his recognitions were an Honorary Doctorate (D.D.), Who's Who in America, and distinguished alumni awards at various colleges. After 16 years as pastors of Lutheran congregations and District Dean in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Dr. Brodeen was elected three times as Bishop of the New England Synod of the Lutheran Church of America starting in 1970. He retired in 1992 to Florida where he and Elizabeth enjoyed a healthy life filled with travelling to all seven continents and continuing informal, but important, ministry at the Regency Oaks Living Center.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2020.
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July 31, 2020
First, my sympathy to David, Karen, Bruce and Mark. We spent good times together as families when we served parishes in MA - Lynn and Woburn. Jack, died in 2016, and Gene were friends from Augustana college days and were both ping pong champs - fun memories.
God bless, Peace and Love, Renny Kidder

Renny Kidder
July 31, 2020
Renny Kidder
April 20, 2020
An amazing, productive, and godly Life! -- Rev. Don & Judy Miles
Don & Judy Miles
April 18, 2020
With deepest sympathy to Mark, Blake and the Brodeen Family. Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers
Darlene Fabiano
April 15, 2020
Dave, Karen, Bruce and Mark ... our love and prayers embrace you in this time of grief and gratitude. We remember with thanksgiving the support, encouragement and good cheer your dad and mom extended to us all along the way, especially through our years when we were all in Needham. God's peace to you!
Les and Liz Swenson
April 15, 2020
Thanking God for the long life and ministry of this great and sainted pastor, bishop and advocate for the Church/
Bryan Leone
April 13, 2020
Pastor Brodeen was a great advocate for me as a calumet staff, and even more advising me about seminary. ..he was a great leader and visionary...
David Alvord
April 13, 2020
Pastor Gene was a model of leadership for me as I was growing up. Please know that I appreciated his work.
Debbie White
April 13, 2020
A wonderful man. I will always remember him saying that as he traveled the world other clergy would tell him that America doesn't have cathedrals like Europe. He told them we do by having our Lutheran camps.
Ann Abram
April 11, 2020
May the eternity of your soul, unite in peace and love forever. I love you, Your son, Mark
April 11, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Bordeen Family for the loss of your loved one, Eugene, and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.
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