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, Connecticut on August 24, 1939, Brodie attended New Canaan Country School, graduated from Milton Academy, and received his A.B in Chemistry from Princeton University. He received his M.D. 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.
Donations may be directed to Congregation at Duke University Chapel or S.E.E.D.S (Southeastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces).
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 5th at 4:00 PM at Duke Chapel.