Obituary: Robert Brazie

Robert W. Brazie, MD, passed peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at the age of 85. Bob was born on Dec. 4, 1926, in Kingman. He grew up in Kingman and enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school. After completing his enlistment, Bob enrolled in the University of Arizona, where he obtained degrees in Biology and met Rosalee Green of Safford, Ariz. Bob and Rosalee married in 1947. Bob became a teacher at Mesa High School and the couple had three children: Katherine, Robert, and Susan. Bob received his Doctorate of Medicine from Colorado School of Medicine and started his medical practice in 1958 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bob always loved medicine and immersed himself in his practice. During his 46 years of practicing medicine, he held the following positions: Chief of Staff at Scottsdale Health Care, President of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians, and Fellowship in the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was a faculty member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and in conjunction with the University, developed the Family Practice Residency at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborne.

Bob was great friends with many other physicians in Scottsdale, a group much like the Rat Pack of Hollywood. His other hobbies included medicine, flying private aircraft and traveling.

A pivotal year was 1965. The death of Rosalee Brazie and Bob's marriage to Betty Fowler started a new chapter for the family. There were three new siblings added to the Brazie family, Lynn, Dan, and Randy. Bob and Betty were involved in the Presbyterian Church and liked to attend Ghost Ranch, a national retreat center owned by the Presbyterian Church, where they were both on the board of directors. In their later years, Bob and Betty lived at Westminster Village in Scottsdale.

Bob was predeceased by Rosalee Brazie; daughter, Katherine Brazie Hutchison; brother, Thomas R. Brazie; and Betty Brazie.

He is survived by his sister, Shirley Ardrey of Flagstaff, Ariz.; children, Rev. Bob Brazie of Fresno, Calif., Susan Brazie of Los Angeles, Lynn Brazie of Scottsdale, Dr. Randy Brazie of Australia, and Dan Fowler of Redding, Calif.; grandchildren, Lisa Brazie-Barker of Rohnert Park, Calif., Aaron and Jonathan Brazie of Fresno, Kasey and Sean Kautenburger of Phoenix, Allyson Fowler Smith and Brock Fowler of Redding; great-grandchildren, Cambria Kautenburger of Phoenix and Ryder Smith of Redding.

The funeral service will be held at noon, Saturday, Dec. 15, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Ariz., in the Kilgore Chapel with a reception following.

Gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Ghost Ranch Conference Center. The mailing address is: Ghost Ranch, HC77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510.