The Rev. Dennis Brodeur, senior vice president of stewardship for SSM Health Care in St. Louis and a noted advocate for healthcare ethics, died Jan. 1 after a long illness. He was 52.
Brodeur came to SSM as director of healthcare ethics in 1985 and was promoted to the stewardship post in 1987.
He received a doctorate in moral theology from the University of Leuven in Leuven, Belgium, in 1976. He also received degrees from Leuven in theology and philosophy.
Brodeur was known around the world as an expert on healthcare ethics, giving frequent lectures and writing on the topic.
"Dennis will be remembered for his wit, his sharp mind and, perhaps most of all, his great compassion for the poor. It is a great loss for all of us," says Sister Mary Jean Ryan, SSM's president and CEO.
During his career, Brodeur was a member of numerous boards, including Catholic Health Partners, the Midwest Bioethics Center and the National Perinatal Association. He served as chairman of the Theology and Ethics Committee of the Catholic Health Association from 1990 to 1992.