Pioneering doctor upheld family tradition of service
The boy was deathly ill when his mother brought him to Dr. Klaus Bron's office.
Dr. Bron had just finished medical school and was stationed at an Air Force base in Turkey.
The youngster eventually pulled through, and his mother wrote or called Dr. Bron every year until she died to thank him for saving her son's life.
“What excited him was helping people,” said Lois Diamond Bron, Dr. Bron's wife.
Dr. Klaus Michael Bron of Squirrel Hill died Thursday, July 23, 2015. He was 86.
Dr. Bron, a radiologist, pioneered techniques to clear partially blocked arteries. He practiced and taught medicine well into his 70s, mostly in Presbyterian-University Hospital, or what now is UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland.
Dr. Bron played an integral role in Dr. Thomas Starzl's liver transplant program, and received a secondary appointment of Professor of Surgery in 1994.
His father, Vladimir Bron, and grandfather, Rudolf Loewenthal, were doctors. His daughter, Kerry Allison Bron of Squirrel Hill, is a radiologist.
Dr. Bron drove a grayish green Volvo sports car with a stick shift and red leather interior. He wore driving gloves and smoked cigars.
“He was a very suave individual,” his wife said.
No matter how busy he was with work, he always found time for his daughter and his son, William Harold Leonard Bron of Squirrel Hill, both children said.
He took them to Schenley Park every Sunday and bought them cookies at a nearby bakery, his son said.
He enjoyed reading The New York Times and listening to classical music.
Dr. Bron was born Feb. 7, 1929, in Magdeburg, Germany. His parents, who were Jewish, fled to the United States when Adolf Hitler rose to power. They settled in Brooklyn.
Dr. Bron earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1951 and a medical degree from New York University in 1955.
He is survived by his wife and children, and was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Bendremer.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Monday in Ralph Schugar Chapel, 5509 Centre Ave. in Shadyside. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral. Burial will be in Beth Shalom Cemetery, Shaler.
Tony Raap is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.