DURHAM, N.C. – H. Keith H. Brodie, MD – Aug. 24, 1939 – Dec. 2, 2016
Dr. H. Keith H. Brodie, 77, a psychiatrist, educator and former president of Duke University, died at Duke University Hospital Friday morning.
Born in Stamford, Conn., on Aug. 24, 1939, Brodie attended New Canaan Country School, graduated from Milton Academy, and received his AB in Chemistry from Princeton University. He received his MD from Columbia University in 1965 where he met his wife, Brenda Barrowclough Brodie. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans and a residency in psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. In 1968, Brodie joined the National Institute of Mental Health as a clinical associate.
Brodie taught at Stanford University from 1970-1974. In 1974, he moved to Durham to chair the department of psychiatry at Duke University and later became the James B. Duke Professor of Psychiatry. In 1982, he was named chancellor, and became president of Duke University in 1985, serving until 1993. As president, Brodie expanded Duke’s national reputation as a research university. After his term as president, Brodie continued teaching and seeing patients.
Brodie’s innate ability to connect and relate to every person with whom he came in contact was unsurpassed. His great joy was serving others. His compassion and empathy made him an exceptional mentor and role model.
Brodie is survived by Brenda, his wife of 49 years; his daughter Melissa Brodie Hanenberger and her husband, Frank; sons, Cameron Brodie, Tyler Brodie and his wife, Louise, and Bryson Brodie and his wife, Sayra; and four grandchildren, Lukas Hanenberger, Claudia Hanenberger, Holden Hanenberger, and Dahlia Brodie. Dr. Brodie and his family have summered in Northeast Harbor for the past 37 years.