Obituary: Maurice Rudolph Brody

Dr. Rudy Brody
Dr. Rudy Brody

Dr. Rudy Brody — beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, doctor and lifelong Dodgers fan — passed away peacefully on Jan. 6. He was 80 years old.
Rudy grew up in Brooklyn, where he had the quintessential New York City childhood, playing stickball in the streets with classmates from P.S. 181 and walking to Ebbets Field to see the Brooklyn Dodgers. His father died when Rudy was only 6, but the boy had a close and loving family that included his mother, Tinnie, and sisters, Doris and Bea. After graduating from high school at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, Rudy excelled at Columbia University and the New York University School of Medicine. He then ventured to the West Coast for a pediatric internship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, but returned to New York for his residency at Bellevue Hospital. It was there that he met and fell in love with a young occupational therapist, Jill, and they were married in March 1966.
After their wedding, two years in Southern California while Rudy was a physician in the Navy was enough to convince Rudy and Jill to settle in California permanently, and Rudy accepted a position with Kaiser Permanente. Over the course of his nearly 50-year career at Kaiser, Rudy was a caring pediatrician to thousands of children. He was also deeply committed to teaching. He founded the Southern California Permanente Medical Group’s pediatric residency program in 1970, served as its program director for two decades, and spent nearly 10 years as the regional coordinator for all of Kaiser’s Southern California residency programs. And even after he retired from the full-time practice of medicine, Rudy continued to teach, working past his 80th birthday as a clinical instructor in pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, where he was a favorite of the students. They saw in Rudy what his colleagues and patients similarly observed for his entire career: a love and infectious enthusiasm for his work as a doctor and a genuine kindness for all.
Although Rudy was passionate about his work, his true love was for his family. Rudy and Jill moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1971 with their two young sons, Stephen and Jonathan. There, Rudy relished the time with his family amid the yard’s many fruit trees, towering deodar pines and the swimming pool they added within a few years of moving into the house. On summer Sunday afternoons, the family could reliably be found by the pool, with the voice of Vin Scully broadcasting the Dodgers on Rudy’s transistor radio. Rudy’s famous hook shot made him nearly unbeatable in their backyard games of H-O-R-S-E, and he manned the grill before countless family meals on the patio — gatherings that grew larger year by year with the addition of Steve’s wife, Melanie; Jon’s wife, Holly; and three grandchildren to the family. They will all remember and miss Rudy’s love, his laugh and the joy he brought to their lives.
A private celebration of Rudy’s life will be held at his home on Sunday, Feb. 17. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made in his honor to the American Heart Association or the American Academy of Pediatrics. Rudy is survived by Jill, his wife of almost 53 years; son Steve and his wife, Melanie; son Jon and his wife, Holly; and three grandchildren: Anna, Milo and Nate.

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