Dr. Brendan Fox, age 92, passed away peacefully in his home on August 31, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 16, 1930, the fifth son of two Connecticut educators. He grew up in Hartford, graduating from Bulkeley High School in 1947. He received his BS degree magna cum laude in 1951 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and his MD from Tufts University cum laude in 1955. After graduation, he served in multiple residencies, including as Captain in the US Army Medical Corps. Upon discharge, he returned to Hartford and founded the Hartford Urology Group at the St. Francis Hospital, where he practiced his entire career.
Brendan was actively involved with organized medicine throughout his career. He was often known as “St. Brendan” by his colleagues and received the St. Francis Hospital Distinguished Physician Award. He served the Hartford Medical Society for many years and received their Distinguished Service Medal. He was active in both the New England Section and the national AUA. He served as President and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the New England Section and AUA. He was particularly fond of the AUA urology museum and the William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History and served as the AUA Historian for several years. His proudest accomplishment was serving as President of the AUA in 2004 when he traveled the globe as Urology’s ambassador, accompanied by Maureen Fox, his wife of 62 years.
Dr. Fox and his wife, Maureen
Dr. Fox “operating” with Rainer Engel, Museum Curator, at the 2005 annual meeting Civil War History Exhibit
After retirement, Brendan continued to support urology. He greatly valued his affiliation with the University of Connecticut Health Center and was instrumental in establishing the community-based urology residency. He provided support and encouragement to residents for over 40 years and attended all the important functions right up until his death this year. His final email to me stated that he would not be able to attend Grand Rounds this year because he was entering a home hospice program. Brendan will be remembered for his kind and caring attitude. He was a beacon in the community to whom people gravitated for advice, comfort, medical care, a laugh, and devoted friendship. He was a pillar among Hartford urologists and his colleagues nationwide. He will be sorely missed.
Peter Albertsen, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief and Program Director, Division of Urology