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Robert Legate Brutsché

August 2, 1924 - June 11, 2014
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ROBERT LEGATE BRUTSCHÉ, M.D. Asst. Surgeon General. USPHS (Retired) August 2, 1924 – June 11, 2014 Dr. Brutsché passed, from natural causes, quietly in his sleep on June 11, 2014. He was at home surrounded by his family at his bedside. Bob was born in San Antonio, Texas August 2, 1924; the son of Joseph Sherwin Brutsché, an oil and gas entrepreneur and Lillian Wiggins, a school teacher. He graduated from Gladewater High School, in Gladewater, TX in 1941 and Kilgore College, in Kilgore, TX in 1943. He entered into the U.S. Navy V-12 pre-med program at Texas Christian University in 1943. He then graduated from...
ROBERT LEGATE BRUTSCHÉ, M.D.
Asst. Surgeon General. USPHS (Retired)
August 2, 1924 – June 11, 2014

Dr. Brutsché passed, from natural causes, quietly in his sleep on June 11, 2014. He was at home surrounded by his family at his bedside. Bob was born in San Antonio, Texas August 2, 1924; the son of Joseph Sherwin Brutsché, an oil and gas entrepreneur and Lillian Wiggins, a school teacher. He graduated from Gladewater High School, in Gladewater, TX in 1941 and Kilgore College, in Kilgore, TX in 1943. He entered into the U.S. Navy V-12 pre-med program at Texas Christian University in 1943. He then graduated from Southwestern Medical College in Dallas, TX in 1947. At that time, he married Patricia McLish of Englewood, Colorado, on June 10, 1947. Bob and Pat, then moved to Washington, DC, where he completed an internship at St. Elizabeth's Hospital 1947-1948.
In 1948, Bob began a 40 year distinguished career in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), 1948-1988, in which he served in three major divisions - the Division of Hospitals and Clinics, the Division of Indian Health and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Bob was commissioned into the USPHS with rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) and assigned to the Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, KS, where he served as Ward Surgeon of Medicine – 1948-1952. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the USPHS Marine Hospital in San Francisco, CA, 1952-1955, then becoming a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 1955, Bob was promoted to rank of Commander in the USPHS and served as Deputy Chief of Internal Medicine at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, MO 1955-1957.
In 1957, Bob served as Assistant Chief of Internal Medicine at the USPHS Hospital in Staten Island, NY, and was then promoted to USPHS rank of Captain in 1958 and served as Medical Officer in Charge in the USPHS Outpatient Clinic (Hudson and Jay) in New York City, NY (Manhattan). He then served as Chief of Internal Medicine and Acting Deputy Medical Officer in Charge at the USPHS Hospital in Savannah, GA from 1958-1960.
In 1960, Bob served in a temporary assignment as Interim Chief of Medicine at the USPHS Hospital in Fort Defiance, AZ, in which he conducted clinics and taught on a rotational basis at various Indian Health Clinics in the Navajo Area, in advance of taking on his permanent assignment as Chief of Internal Medicine at the new USPHS Indian Hospital in Gallup, NM. In December of 1960, Bob began his permanent assignment, which progressed to Clinical Director and Deputy Medical Officer in Charge 1960-1963. In 1963, Bob was promoted to Medical Officer in Charge at the USPHS Indian Hospital and Service Unit Director at the Gallup-Tohatchi Service Unit, Indian Health Service in Gallup 1963-1966.

In 1966, Bob returned to the San Francisco Bay area to complete his Masters Degree in Public Health Administration at the University of California, in Berkley, CA. Then from 1967-1969, Bob served as the Deputy Area Director at the USPHS Indian Health Area Office in Oklahoma City, OK.
In 1969, Bob was promoted to the position of Medical Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in Washington, DC, ultimately being promoted to Rank of Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral) until his retirement from the USPHS in 1988. During his 19 years as Medical Director, Bob was co-assigned the position of Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons responsible to the Director of the BOP. Altogether, Bob served 25 years in the Bureau of Prisons.
At his retirement ceremony, he was awarded the USPHS Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal for his 40 years of service. In addition to various other honors through the years, upon his retirement, the Federal Bureau of Prisons honored him with the dedication of Dr. Robert L. Brutsché Building in his name at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN. Throughout his career, Bob provided service, participation and leadership as a member of the USPHS Commissioned Officer Association (COA). In his honor, the COA Board created the "Robert Brutsché Award" (the highest COA Award) recognizing COA members who have exhibited the dedication and commitment to service exemplified by Admiral Brutsché.
After retirement, Bob continued dedicated work as a Contract Consultant from 1988 to 2004 in the capacity as Medical Director for the Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA). Prior to his retirement from the USPHS, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the AFBA.
In addition to his wife, Pat, of 67 years, he is survived by five children, Mike Brutsché and wife Ann of Edmond, OK, Suzanne Brutsché Wixson and husband Jim of Atlanta, GA, Mark Brutsché and wife Karen, of Herndon, VA, Scott Brutsché of Venice, FL, and Nancy Brutsché and partner Stan Eisenstein of Olney MD; nine grandchildren, Lisa Brutsché Morrow and husband Rick, Rob Brutsché and wife Naomi, Joe Brutsché and wife Laura, Jessica Brutsché and partner Zach Schweiter, Chad Wixson, Cori Wixson, Patrick Wixson and wife Karlie, Charlie Brutsché and Katie Brutsché; and 3 great grandchildren, Samantha Brutsché, Rachel Brutsché, and Alexander Brutsché. Bob and Pat have lived in the Stratford Landing section of Alexandria, VA for 45 years.A visitation will be held at Demaine Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria VA 22314 on Monday, June 16 from 2-4 & 7-9:00pm. A memorial service will be held at the Fort Belvoir Officer's Club on Bob's 90th birthday, Saturday August 2, 2014 at 10:30 am, with reception to follow. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contribution to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, www.multiplemyeloma.org; ph. 203-229-0464.

"The Admiral will be missed by the BOP. We would like to include a photo in our BOP announcement. CAPT George Durgin, BOP Liaison, gdurgin@bop.gov" George Durgin (Washington, DC)

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