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Libby Brateman, retired Professor, Clinical Radiological Physics, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine at the University of Florida, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Gainesville, FL. A woman of many talents, Libby embraced life in both her professional career and personal interests. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Libby received her B.A. in physics at Birmingham Southern College, her M.A. in physics at Auburn University, and her PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Florida. Before becoming a faculty member at the University of Florida in 1985, she worked for Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg, PA, the US Department of Health, and completed postdoctoral training in magnetic resonance imaging at the University of Texas. During her thirty-year career at UF, she served as a diagnostic radiology physicist, which involved both clinical and teaching responsibilities. She wrote of her lifelong passion for applied medical physics in clinical settings and the associated education of others. Thus, she was dedicated to ensuring the quality of mammography facilities and imaging techniques, and facilitating the highest quality of patient care through the education and monitoring of practitioners who used radiation. She was a key figure in developing mammography standards in Florida, and conducting site visits to mammography facilities as part of an American College of Radiology review team. For many years at UF, she was responsible for the control program details specified under the national Mammography Quality Standards Act.
Although Libby's career was interrupted for three years while she battled a serious illness, her accomplishments were extraordinary. She taught classes in medical physics, both within the Radiology Department and the College of Engineering, and was known for constantly honing her teaching techniques, developing new courses, and inspiring enthusiasm for her field. Libby was particularly proud of establishing and directing the Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program, one of only eight in the country. In this role, she advised and mentored countless graduate students as well as serving on advisory committees for doctoral candidates. Nationally recognized for her expertise, Libby was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Board of Radiology and became a Fellow in the American College of Radiology. She was an invited developer of syllabi for physics education associated with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and involved with both the oral boards and written examinations given by the American College of Radiology.
A true Renaissance persona, Libby was not only a brilliant scientist who excelled as a pioneer in an unusual career path for women, but she was also a person of immense grace and integrity with wide-ranging interests. She loved travel, gardening, cooking, entertaining, the arts, learning new skills, and exploring spiritual paths. Her large circle of friends was a reflection of her appreciation of diverse areas. She deeply treasured her Jewish roots and her involvement in the local Jewish community, and taught many students to read Torah in preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Music was particularly important and meaningful to her, and she enriched countless services with her beautiful chanting and interpretation of scripture. Libby's incredible courage and spirit during the last difficult year were an inspiration to all who knew her.
Libby was preceded in death by her parents Samuel and Shulamith Brateman, and is survived by her sister Niesa (Jim) Halpern, nieces Sheri Halpern (Joshua) Youdovin and Jennifer Halpern (Daniel Vranesich), great-niece Louisa Vranesich, and great-nephew Ian Vranesich.
Burial was on Monday, May 7, 2018, at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, with Memorial Service for family and friends on July 15, 2018 at Congregation B'Nai Israel 3830 NW 16 Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32605. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: JScreen ( which is dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases, and/or Integrative Therapies @ UF Shands (PO Box 100326 Gainesville, FL 32610). Services are in the care of Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. (352)376-5361.

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I met Libby as an undergraduate in 2003, and she was my adviser for my Master's and PhD degrees. In the 15 years I knew her, I learned from her so much more than mere physics. She was always an example to me of strength, perseverance, and integrity. I was honored to take her place when she retired from UF, and I try to follow her example when guiding my own students. I will miss her greatly.
Stephanie Leon
May 17, 2018
Libby was a friend and a mentor to me as a graduate student at UF, as well as an inspiration for living as a person of faith. May she rest in the shadow of G-d's grace.
Lori Lewis Rodriguez
May 10, 2018
We are all deeply saddened and shocked by the untimely news of Libby's passing. She was a gift to all who really knew her. May her soul be at peace with Hashem.
Harold Benson
May 9, 2018
Dr. Brateman was a fantastic physicist and an even better human being. If I have just a tenth of the impact she did on the world, I would consider myself successful. Very saddened to hear the news. I will miss her.
Daniel McFadden
May 8, 2018
In Loving Memory.
May 8, 2018
Libby was such a kind, intelligent, and friendly physicist who made even our early AAPM committee meeting bearable. We bonded early since there aren't very many physics majors from birmingham Southern. I will miss her. My sincere condolences to her family.
Jim Goodgame
May 8, 2018
George David
May 8, 2018
Dr. Brateman was the residency director during my residency. She was very kind and very dedicated to her work. She was a perfectionist and required us to be one too. She always taught me the details of everything including my grammar and my pronunciation of the z sound. I will always remember Dr.Brateman as a mentor, a very dedicated physicist, and a friend.
Weiyuan Wang
May 8, 2018
I am so thankful to have known Dr. Brateman. Such a blessing to have had her for a professor. Her counseling and generosity opened a path for me for which I will always be grateful. Wishing comfort for her family, she will be greatly missed.
Sandra Paige
May 8, 2018
I didn't know Libby as well as some of my colleagues did. But, she was such an unbelievably kind and supportive person to new medical physicists, in addition to her keen intellect. All it took was one quick introduction at an AAPM meeting, and after that, she always took the time to discuss how our lives were going and what I was working on. I am greatly saddened by her passing--big shoes to fill in this world.
Nathan Yanasak
May 8, 2018
Libby's intelligence and kindness are an inspiration to all. As a radiology resident who was lucky to be taught by her, and a practicing physician who was lucky to work with her, she will be sorely missed.
Patricia Moser
May 8, 2018
Dr, Brateman was working on her PHD when I met her at UF as a fellow graduate student. I recall her friendship fondly and remember borrowing slides from her to do my own presentations. She was always warm and willing to help and assist in any way possible. She was always pleasant and approachable. She was an extraordinary asset as part of the staff at UF and even after all these years, I remember the influence she had on me also as a woman in an unusual career and the inspiration she gave me during the time I knew her. Her grace, kindness and inspiration was never forgotten by me. She touched my life as she has many others.
Cheri Mears Yaeger
May 8, 2018
I am so grateful to have known Libby both professionally and as a friend. Her smile, her energy, her wisdom, and her love for life will never be forgotten.
Mary Ellen Masterson-McGary
May 8, 2018
I befriended Libby when she worked for CDRH. Many of us were stil new in medical physics called her the BRH Girl with admiration for her wisdom. I am truly going to miss you Libby.
Pei-Jan Lin
May 8, 2018
It was a privilege to have Dr. Brateman as an instructor during my graduate school years. She was always kind and had such a tremendous passion for teaching and for the work she did as a physicist. After a much respected career and life, rest well Dr. Brateman.
Matthew Maynard
May 8, 2018
Libby was a role model and inspiration in every aspect of her life. I was lucky enough to have known her both as a physicist and friend. She came through several life challenges with grace and strength. I will certainly miss her friendship.
George David
May 8, 2018
I knew her during our service in radiation safety committee and wrote together the handbook "AAPM Report No.53, Radiation Information for Hospital Personnel, the American Institute of Physics, AIP, Woodbury, NY, 1995". She was amazing person. I will miss her.
Indra Das
May 8, 2018
Libby was a great friend to me during my graduate school years at UVA....the Medical Physics community has lost a wonderful and sweet soul.
Phil Chambless, Senior Physicist, Phoenix Technology Corporation
Phil Chambless
May 8, 2018
As a fellow diagnostic imaging physicist I had the distinct pleasure of intersecting with Libby at various AAPM and RSNA meetings, as we had similar passions for teaching and music She was always a lady of grace and immense integrity, May her soul Rest In Peace.
Cupido Daniels
May 8, 2018
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