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In Memoriam: Paul C. Brucker, MD
President, Thomas Jefferson University 1990–2004


Paul C. Brucker, MD

Longtime Jeffersonian and past president of Thomas Jefferson University, Paul C. Brucker, MD, passed away March 23, 2017 at the age of 85.

Clinicians, practitioners and students are forever in Dr. Brucker’s debt. As the founder of Jefferson’s Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1973—during an era of increasing specialization— he developed and helped raise the discipline’s reputation and stature here and across the region.

Dr. Brucker’s accomplishments and his leadership as department chair were so impressive that in 1990, the Board of Trustees named him President of Thomas Jefferson University. He was the first family physician in the country to lead an academic medical center. The Board’s confidence was well placed. Over the next 14 years, Dr. Brucker strengthened the University academically, administratively and financially. Nationally Dr. Brucker has received many honors and awards. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Practice, serving as President of the Board from 1987 to 1988. In 1994, Dr. Brucker was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Brucker will live on, through the annual lecture Jefferson sponsors in his name and as we continue his work to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.