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Dr. Michael Brodeur


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dr. Michael T.H. Brodeur, founder of the Sellwood Medical Clinic. Physician, runner, sailor, avid bird watcher, ice and mountain climber, family man, and devoted husband, Michael Toner Hope Brodeur was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, December 8, 1929, and never sat down. He lost his battle to cancer on April 25, 2013. As the oldest of four brothers, he was a leader and risk-taker. Michael attended Trinity College School in Ontario, Canada, where his competitive juices flourished as both an accomplished squash player and as a scholar (except for Latin!). He graduated from McGill University, and then went on to earn an M.D.CM. from McGill Medical School. He moved his family from Montreal to Sherbrooke, Quebec, and later from Sherbrooke to Portland, Oregon, in pursuit of his passion for medicine – in particular: cardiology.

Although he had never even visited here before, the move to Portland in 1963 constituted a one- year commitment – and, after getting comfortable here, one that lasted for the rest of his life. While in private practice at Marquam Medical Clinic, he became Chairman of the Medical Staff at Providence St. Vincent’s, City of Roses, and Holladay Park hospitals. After decades of private practice, he retired for two weeks – and then, against all advice, he opened Sellwood Medical Clinic in January of 2003. Housed in an historic Sellwood building, his medical clinic is thriving, and both its staff and his family agree that his legacy will live on through compassionate care of the community at the clinic for generations to come.

Michael is survived by his wife Ruth and his daughters Penelope (husband David Hannegan), Mimi (husband Richard S. Legro), and Lisa (husband Michael Whitlock), and his grandchildren, Taylor and Christopher Hannegan; Andrew, Ellen, Nicole, and Elizabeth Legro; and Madeline and Isabelle Whitlock. He is also survived by the thousands of people he touched in the medical community. He was preceded in death by his mother Nora Belle Hope, and his father, Alphonse Toner Hope Brodeur.

In memory of Dr. Michael T.H. Brodeur, contributions can be made to the Providence/St. Vincent Medical Foundation, 9205 S.W. Barnes Road, Portland, Oregon 97235.