Frank R. Braden Jr. turned 103 on March 27, but Coraopolis Council didn't get to honor him until its meeting April 11. Lucky for the council members he's had a little more time since he retired from his medical practice -- three years ago.
"He retired when he was 100," said his daughter Pamela Braden. "He retired after his kids retired."
Until his retirement, the family-practice doctor saw patients in the office attached to his house, the one he grew up in, the one where his father, Frank R. Braden Sr., also treated patients.
Doc Braden the Younger graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1933, completed his internship at Allegheny General Hospital in 1934 and joined his father's practice in 1935. He practiced medicine for 75 years, 35 of them on staff at Sewickley Valley Hospital. He also spent many years as a doctor for Coraopolis, Neville Island and Moon public schools.
In 1936, he married his longtime love, the former Mildred McCormick, whom he courted for 13 years. They had three children: Frank Braden III of Palm Bay, Fla.; Cynthia Spohn of Gowen, Mich.; and Pamela Braden of Coraopolis, with whom he lives. He also has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Dr. Braden served in World War II from 1941-46 in a medical regiment, an infantry battalion, a tank destroyer battalion, an engineer combat group and the combat command reserve of the Eighth Armored Division.
He loves reading, genealogy and history (he's the town's unofficial historian). He is also a photographer and "techie" who's not afraid to try the latest gadget.
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