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Alan Thomas Broderick, Ph.D

November 4, 2012
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE, Mich. - Alan Thomas Broderick, Ph.D, age 94, who lived at 1100 Northrop St. in Marquette and was a summer resident of Lake Michigamme for more than 50 years, passed away peacefully and under the loving care of his family at his Marquette home on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Dr. Broderick died just one day short of his 95th birthday and less than two weeks after he and his beloved wife, Natalia (Bender), had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Dr. Broderick was born on October 28, 1917, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Dr. Thomas M. and Lucille (DeMarais) Broderick. He grew up in Calumet, where in 1935 he graduated from Calumet High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in geology at the University of Minnesota in 1939. In 1942, he married his cherished Natalia in Peru, where he was working as a field geologist for Cerro de Pasco Co. in the Andes. He earned Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in economic geology at Yale University in 1948 and 1949. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, the Union Hills Country Club in Arizona, and the Wawonowin Country Club in Ishpeming.

Dr. Broderick's life was not only long, it was full of colorful experiences. He lived all over the world, including Casapalca, Peru; Wadli, Mexico; Kellogg, Idaho; New Haven, Connecticut; Calumet, Iron River, Ishpeming, Negaunee, Michigamme, and Marquette, Michigan; Eveleth, Minnesota; Aurora, Illinois; and Sun City, Arizona. Not only did Dr. Broderick reside in many far-flung locales, he visited many more countries both for work and for pleasure.

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Alan Thomas Broderick, Ph.D

Dr. Broderick was an economic geologist who worked for various mining companies throughout the world. Early in his career, he worked as a diamond drilling assistant, a field geologist on government surveys of the United States and Newfoundland, and a mining geologist for companies in Peru and Mexico, as well as the M.A. Hanna Co. in Michigan. He joined the Inland Steel Co. in 1952 as Chief Geologist at its ore mining operations in Ishpeming; after assuming positions of increasing responsibility, Inland named him Vice President-Development for Inland Steel Mining Co and Inland Steel Coal Co in 1975. He retired from Inland Steel in 1981. Well known in geologic and mining circles, Dr. Broderick is listed in "Who's Who in the Midwest" and "American Men of Science."

He published articles in various professional journals and presented numerous papers at conferences of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, of which he was a member. He also served as the President of the Engineers Club in Sun City, Arizona.

Notwithstanding Dr. Broderick's impressive professional accomplishments, it is Alan, the devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who will be missed the most. Everyone who met Alan enjoyed his dry, clever sense of humor, but what few knew was that he was a true renaissance man. Alan was an inventor with amazing intellectual curiosity and creativity. He was an outdoorsman who skied, played hockey, camped, hunted, and taught his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to fish. He was an artist who sketched nature scenes, drew illustrations for Christmas cards, painted still life, and created mobiles and jewelry from found objects. He was a musician with perfect pitch, and was a wonderful top tenor who loved to sing in the Presbyterian Church Choir and in barbershop quartets with his mining colleagues. Most of all, he was an outstanding father, grandfather and great-grandfather who imparted his humor, curiosity, kindness, and wide-ranging interests to his devoted family.

Alan is survived by his wife, Natalia (Bender) Broderick; two children: Thomas A. (Sharon) Broderick of Aurora, Illinois, and Kathryn L. Broderick of Portland, Oregon; four grandchildren: Stephanie Wellman of Marquette, Credence (Xavier) Sol of Chevanceaux, France, R. Marie (Chris) Smith of Pell City, Alabama, and Destry Broderick of Aurora, Illinois; and nine great grandchildren: Anne Marie Wellman, Dallas Wellman, Tyler Wellman, Rafael Fogo-Schensul, Didier Sol, Bruno Sol, Cecilia Sol, Amelia Sol, and Matilda Smith. Alan was preceded in death by his parents.

Alan's family wishes to thank his caregivers for their compassionate, sensitive, and kind care.

There will be a memorial service this summer in Michigamme.

Alan's obituary may also be viewed at where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.



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