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Leonard Brandon

June 10, 2013

Leonard Hood Brandon, M.D., age 86, of Starkville, Mississippi, passed away on June 7, 2013 at 7:25 p.m. with his family by his side. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him and found him to be a steady and loving father, husband, friend and doctor.

Dr. Brandon was born in Greenville, MS on February 17, 1927 the son of Lucile Love Brandon of Arcola, MS and Leonard Hood Brandon, Sr. of Aberdeen, MS. He grew up with his brother Doug on their family farm in Arcola, MS until 1939 when the family moved to Jackson, MS. He graduated from Central High School at the age of 16 and then attended Millsaps College for one year. He then went on to study at Vanderbilt University and North Carolina State University while serving in the army. He was stationed in Manila, Phillippines after World War II and was honorably discharged from the 4025th Signal

Service Group as a Second Lieutenant and subsequently from the Army Reserve Medical Corps as Major. After the war, he returned to Millsaps College to finish his BS Degree. He then attended Columbia Medical School in New York City, where he graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1952. He completed a rotating internship at Harford Hospital in Hartford, CT followed by a year of resident training in Internal Medicine at the VA Hospital in Nashville, TN.

While at Columbia, he met his wife, Rachel Carmichael from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They were married at The Little Church Around the Corner in New York City on Thanksgiving Day, 1950.

Dr. Brandon went on to become board certified in Family Medicine. He began his practice of Medicine in Starkville, MS in 1954 and retired in 2008. During his medical career Dr. Brandon served in many leadership positions, which included Chief of Staff of Oktibbeha County Hospital, President of Prairie Medical Society, President of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, and Board of Trustees member for the Mississippi State Medical Association. He was awarded Family Physician of the Year by the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians in 2004, and the Arthur A. Derrick Award from the Information and Quality Healthcare in 2007. Dr. Brandon was active for more than 20 years in the medical student preceptor program affiliated with the University of Mississippi Medical School, through which he housed and taught medical students the art of Family Medicine.

Outside of his medical career he served as Lions Club President and County Commissioner on the Region Seven Mental Health and Community Counseling Services in Starkville, MS. His love of opera led him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Opera Association. Dr. Brandon also enjoyed playing tennis well into his seventies. He and Rachel became members of the Episcopal Church of Resurrection in Starkville where they met many of their closest lifelong friends. He served as Senior Warden in the church.

Leonard and Rachel started their family while in Harford, CT and it continued to grow while in Starkville, MS. Despite his devotion to medicine, he always found time to spend with his four children and wife. He especially enjoyed introducing his family to many of the National Parks of the United States and continued to enjoy traveling with his family throughout his life. 

Leonard is survived by his wife, Rachel Brandon of Starkville, MS; his daughter Karen McRaney  and her husband, Tom, of Picayune, MS; his sons Doug Brandon and his wife, Carol, of Murphreesboro, TN, David Brandon and his wife, Karen, of Washington, D.C., and Steven Brandon and his wife, Kathy, of Starkville, MS; his grandchildren Emily Brandon and Caroline Brandon of Jackson, MS; Andrew Brandon of Murphreesboro, TN; Jonathan Brandon of Starkville, MS; Rachel Brandon of Washington, D.C.; and Sarah Williams of Thompson Station, TN; and his 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Doug Brandon and his wife Betty of Oxford, MS and many more cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 105 North Montgomery St. in Starkville, MS, on Sunday June 9, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held in the sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on Monday June 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with the burial to follow at Oddfellows Cemetery in Aberdeen, MS. Suggested memorials in lieu of flowers are donations to the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection (319 University Dr. Starkville, MS 39759); Millsaps College (1701 N. State St. Jackson, MS 39210); and St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, 57326.

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