Dr. Briand N. Beaudin, age 95, passed away on March 11, 2013, at the Wells Nursing Home in Johnstown, N.Y.
Dr. Beaudin was born in West Warwick, R.I., the son of Napoleon and Eva Beaudin. Dr. Beaudin graduated from Mount St. Charles Academy and Providence College, R.I. and received his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, D.C. He honorably served his country during World War II as a captain and battalion surgeon in the 508th parachute infantry of the United States Army. He parachuted behind enemy lines as a combat medic on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge and served in other military campaigns in Europe receiving numerous decorations and citations. He continued his service to his country as a colonel in the Army Reserve for many years.
Dr. Beaudin established his pediatric practice in his hometown of West Warwick, R.I., and until 1982 cared professionally and compassionately for his patients. He served as chief of pediatrics at Kent County Hospital, Warwick, R.I. and was an active member of the Rhode Island Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and the Retired Reserve Officers Association. In his younger active years, Dr. Beaudin enjoyed skiing, tennis and golf. He was also an avid reader especially of books about World War II and medical journals and publications.
On November 19, 1946, he married Irene Haskell, whom he met during his residency training and her nursing training at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. Dr. Beaudin's eldest son, Brian Beaudin predeceased him. He also was predeceased by his brother, Robert Beaudin. He is survived by Irene, his wife of 66 years, of Gloversville; and is sons, Richard B. (Patricia) Beaudin of Cumberland, R.I., and Kevin F. (Barbara) Beaudin of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and his daughter, Linda D. (Glenn) Adelman of Johnstown, N.Y.; and his sister, Madeleine Beaudin of West Warwick, R.I. Dr. Beaudin also is survived by his four grandchildren, Bryan (Laura) Adelman of Rochester, N.Y., Julie (Jason) Risley of Johnstown, N.Y., Danielle (Iain) Bamford of Barrington, R.I. and Nicole (Paul) Snape of North Yorkshire, England; and his seven great-grandchildren, Olivia, James and Julian Adelman, Jacob and Jaidyn Risley and Benjamin and Anna Bamford.
Cremation will be at Parkview Crematory. A private family memorial service will be held in Rhode Island with military honors at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetary in Exeter, R.I. The family wishes to thank the caring staff of the second floor of Wells Nursing Home. For those wishing to remember Dr. Beaudin with a memorial gift, kindly consider our veterans.
Arrangements are by the John W. Finocan Funeral Home, 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville. Online condolences may be made to www.finocanfh.com.