ADOLF WILLIAM "BILL" BRAZDA II, 65, passed away on
April 20, 2002, after a long battle with cancer.
He faced this challenge as he faced other life
challenges with strong resolve and tenacious
He was born on Oct. 28, 1936, to Ellie Carter
Brazda & Doctor A.W. Brazda, in Richmond, West
Virginia. The family moved to Ranger, TX, where
he attended grade school and high school. He
graduated from Southern Methodist University,
Dallas, TX in 1958. He moved to Corpus Christi,
TX in 1965, to continue a successful forty-year
career in the insurance industry.
He was a member of the Southside Rotary Club, the
Mustangs, the Life Underwriters Association, the
Texas Leaders Round Club, and St. Philip the Apostle
Church. He was also a past president of the Texas
He was one of the top life and health insurance
agents in the Corpus Christi area. He was not only
respected and trusted by his clients as an insurance
agent but also as a friend. While he expected his
employees to be self-disciplined and hardworking,
he never refused to give guidance and support.
His parents and a sister Yvonne preceded him in
death. At the time of his death, he was survived
by his loving wife of 19 years, Rosalind Ann "Linda"
Brazda. Four daughters: Katherine Brazda Kurtz
(Kevin) of Dallas, TX; Cindy Ann Brazda Horsburgh
(Richard), of Norman, OK; Claire Johnson Morrow
(Johnny) of Austin, TX; and Jennifer Leigh Johnson
Eggleston of San Antonio, TX. Three grandchildren
whom he loved deeply: Kyle William Kurtz, Colin Mitchell
Eggleston, and Carsyn Leigh Eggleston also survive him.
His sister Elaine Brazda Howe (RHS-1946) lives in
FATHER: DR. ADOLPH W. BRAZDA, 60, Ranger physician for
20 years, died at his residence after suffering a heart
attack, May 20, 1959. Burial was in Restland Memorial
Park in Dallas, TX.
City Health Officer for three terms, Dr. Brazda served as a
member of the Ranger General Hospital Board for six years and
one term as board chairman. He is past president of the Rotary
Club, of which he had been a member for 22 years. In 1945-46,
Dr. Brazda served as president of the County Medical Society.
A member of the American Legion since World War I, Dr. Brazda
served with the Veterans of Foreign Wars since World War II.
He was a Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Cross Timber Shrine
Club, Chamber of Commerce and Phi Chi Medical Fraternity. He
was a member of the Board of Stewards at the First Methodist
Born in Dodge, NE,on January 11, 1899, Brazda graduated from
high school there in 1917. He attended the University of
Nebraska from 1919-1923, obtaining his B.A. degree in science.
In 1929, Brazda received his M.D. degree from the School of
Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Brazda finished his internship at French Hospital in San
Francisco, CA, in 1930. At San Joaquin General Hospital in
French Camp, CA, he completed his surgical and obstetrical
He married Miss Ellie Carter at Houlka, MS, in Sept. of 1927.
In 1959, Dr. Brazda received his retirement from the Air
Force Reserve. He served with the U.S. Air Force for 40
months, spending 20 months overseas with the ETO. Dr. Brazda
served as Captain, Major, Flight Surgeon and in the Medical
Corps. He was Commander of the 819th Air Evacuation Squadron
with the Ninth Troop Carrier, receiving the EAME Campaign Medal
with two battle stars.
Dr. Brazda was listed in “World Biography,” “Who’s Who in Texas”
and “Who’s Important in Texas.”
Survivors at the time of his death include his wife; mother, Mrs.
Charles Brazda of Ranger; one son Adolph W. Brazda, II (RHS-1954),
of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Melvin A. Howe (Elaine) (RHS-1946)
of Dallas and four grandchildren.
MOTHER: ELLIE CARTER BRAZDA, 99, born on Aug. 26, 1899,
at Selma, MS, passed away March 22, 1999, at Dallas, TX.
Graduate of Charity Hospital School of Nursing at New Orleans,
LA, she was the first female anesthetist at Georgia Baptist
Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. Preceded in death by parents,
Mary Elizabeth Johnson Carter and James Thomas Carter;
brothers J.T. Carter and William Merrill Carter; sisters,
Beaufort Carter Riordan and Sadie Carter Shields; daughter,
Patricia Yvonne Brazda and husband, Adolph W. Brazda, M.D.
Survivors at the time of her death include her daughter,
Beaufort Elaine Brazda Howe (RHS-1946) and son, A.W. Brazda
II (RHS-1954) & wife, Linda. Grandchildren, Susan Rebecca
Howe Rader, William Lawrence Howe and wife, Holly, Mary
Elizabeth Howe Winspear, Daniel Jonathan Howe and wife,
Julia, Katherine Lynn Brazda Kurtz and husband, Kevin,
and Cynthia Ann Brazda Horsburgh and husband, Richard.
Four great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews
and their families.
Mrs. Brazda was a longtime Ranger resident where her husband
practiced medicine and owned the Brazda Clinic. She later
moved to Dallas to be close to family.