James Broome, 72

Mar 28, 2012

James S. Broome, M.D. died on March 24, after a long illness. An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Broome practiced for over forty years in Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. He was a resident of Marion.

James Stewart Broome was born August 23, 1939 in Washington, D.C. He was the eldest child of Harmon W. Broom of Ocean Springs, Mississippi and Elizabeth Kehoe Broom of Moberly, Missouri.

Dr. Broome grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He attended Georgetown University from 1958 to 1961, majoring in English. He enrolled at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson and spent time as a fellow at the Radcliffe Infirmary of the University of Oxford.

He completed his medical degree in 1966, interning at The Roosevelt Hospital in New York. During the Vietnam War he was drafted into the Navy Medical Corps and stationed at the U.S. Capitol and in Bethesda, Maryland. He was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant and completed his orthopedic residency at Boston University.

During his career Dr. Broome practiced at hospitals in greater Boston, Middleborough and Plymouth. He was a teaching associate at Boston University Hospital and an instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Broome also served as Chief of Orthopedics at the U.S. Public Health Hospital in Brighton.

He spent most of his career at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, where he served as Chief of Staff from 2001 to 2003. He was a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Emergency Room Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Dr. Broome was also a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, Greater New Bedford Civil War Round Table and the First Congregational Church of Marion.

He leaves his wife Betty (Kelley) Broome; his sons, Ian S. Broome and Thomas H. Broome; his daughter Allison B. Gile and her husband Christopher C. Gile; and grandchildren Luke, Jake and Alexandra Gile. Additionally he leaves his sister Ann "Ginger" B. Wilkes and her husband Thurston E. Wilkes II and nephews T. E. "Tad" Wilkes III and Carter Wilkes; his sister Elizabeth B. Mayo and her husband Gerald E. Mayo, and his sister Dr. Sarah J. Broom and her husband Richard H. McKey.

Dr. Broome loved his family, literature and travel. He liked to meet people and to tell jokes and stories. He enjoyed his career, and he was glad to have the opportunity to meet thousands of people from all walks of life. His curiosity and interest in history spurred him to travel widely.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saunders-Dwyer Home For Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett, MA. His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 28 Main Street, Marion.

Flowers are acceptable or charitable contributions may be made to the Carmelite Monastery, 2155 Terry Road, Jackson, MS 39204 and Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

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