Dr. Carl Ashton Broaddus, Jr., 92, a former thoracic surgeon and a retired Captain in the US Navy, died November 15, 2014, at the Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, NC. He was a graduate of St. Alban's School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and the University of Virginia where he played football and competed in track. After medical school at UVA, he went on to further training in surgery, joining the Navy under the V-12 program. He served on the USS Midway and at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA, where his father was commanding officer. During the Korean War, Dr. Broaddus served on a hospital ship, the USS Haven.
In 1952, Carl married Anne Berding at the Navy Chapel in Washington, DC, and they lived in many locations in the US and on Guam in the Pacific. In Guam, he was Chief of Surgery and rose to the rank of Captain. His final Navy assignment was as Chief of Surgery at the Chelsea Naval Hospital near Boston, MA. In 1966, upon his retirement from the Navy after 22 years, the family, with their three children, moved to Raleigh, NC, where he was Chief of Surgery at Wake Memorial Hospital and also worked at the Fuquay-Varina, Mary Elizabeth, and Rex Memorial hospitals.
Carl and Anne Broaddus retired to the Northern Neck of Virginia. He later became a ship’s physician for more than 50 cruises, including to the Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Alaska and Antarctica. They lived in Hilton Head, SC, and Winter Park, FL, before returning to North Carolina. They moved to Glenaire in late 2005.
Dr. Broaddus leaves his wife of 62 years, Anne; his three children, Courtney, Carl III, and Andrew; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is remembered for his dedication to his work and family and his adventurous and fun-loving spirit. Donations in his name may be made to Presbyterian Homes Foundation, c/o Glenaire, 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC 27511-3884, or the Alzheimer’s Association. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Glenaire auditorium on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 2:00 pm.
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