Brent W. Tatum ’78

Brent W. Tatum ’78 died March 10, 2013, at his home in Derby, Vt., of metastatic sarcoma. He was born on April 17, 1956, in Washington, D.C., and prepared for college at New Canaan (Conn.) High school. He was a dean’s list student at Bowdoin and received high honors in all his classes in the fall of 1976. He played the French horn in several musical organizations and graduated cum laude. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease during his first year at Bowdoin and was vigorously treated with radiation, which cured his Hodgkin’s but was likely a risk factor for his sarcoma thirty-three years later. He went on to graduate from Yale University Medical School in 1988 and completed his residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester, N.Y. He began his career as a primary care internist in 1991 and in 2000 opened his own office, Border Health Center, in Derby Line, Vt., where he was joined by his wife, Dr. Miriam Tatum ’77. He served the greater Derby community as a doctor for twenty-two years. He continued to work for more than four years after his diagnosis, as his illness progressed very gradually; he retired reluctantly six months before his death. He is survived by his mother, Corinne Tatum; his wife of 32 years, Dr. Miriam Tatum ’77; sons Steven and Owen Tatum; and brothers Jesse S. Tatum ’74 and Liston Tatum.

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