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Brockett Muir Jr., M.D.

imageBrockett Muir Jr. M.D., 76, died on August 24, 2008 at his home “Leafwood” in Saluda, after a short struggle with cancer. Dr. Muir was a fifth generation native Washingtonian and a Middlesex County resident for 10 years.

Dr. Muir was born on June 18, 1932, in Olney, Maryland, to Brockett Muir Sr. and Helen Dapray Muir. He was the eldest of five children: Dapray, Helen Anne Bertke (deceased), Cassin and Marilyn Smith.  Following a romantic courtship that began in Honolulu, Dr. Muir married JoAnn Bukaty of Kansas City, Missouri, his wife, love, and first mate of more than 50 years. 

Dr. Muir attended Georgetown Preparatory School and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and flew Lockheed Super G Constellations, the largest airplane at the time, around the globe. Dr. Muir, proud of his service to his country, often recounted his flying stories, which were driven by four huge propellers and guided by his precise celestial navigation. 

Dr. Muir left the service and received his medical degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Muir was an obstetrician and gynecologist in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 30 years. He served as Chief of Gynecology at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., and was consistently listed in the “Washingtonian” magazine’s “Best Doctors” lists. Dr. Muir delivered over 10,000 babies during his career.

Upon his retirement in 1999, he moved to Middlesex County and continued to practice medicine at the Three Rivers Health District, serving 10 area counties. Dr. Muir’s cancer forced him to stop helping his beloved patients just six weeks before his death. 

Dr. Muir, however, was interested in more than just medicine. Dr. Muir loved his family, friends, animals and boats. He was deeply committed to the future of Middlesex County and was a significant voice for the responsible growth and development of Middlesex County. Dr. Muir worked to preserve the Rivah for his young grandchildren and fellow citizenry. He actively supported the Deltaville Maritime Museum, the Middlesex County Museum, and the establishment of the Middlesex County YMCA.

He was a lifelong member of the Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and a member of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club in Paget, Bermuda, and Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville. He was a passionate offshore sailor, a wooden boat builder, a compassionate farmer, an accomplished watercolor artist, photographer, elegant writer, skilled orator, and student of almost anything.  “Learning never ends” was one of his favorite sayings, and it was reflected in his overstuffed bookcases and long project lists. 

Dr. Muir’s last significant voyage was an exciting 2007 sail in his boat “Trafalgar” from Deltaville to Paget, Bermuda, and back. 

Dr. Muir is survived by his devoted wife, JoAnn; his faithful dog, Churchill; his four children and their spouses, Heather Kirby and John, Madeline Bacon and Greg, Brockett Muir III and Catherine, and Helen Milby and Joe; and his seven grandchildren, John Brockett Kirby, Anabelle Bacon, Sarah Milby, Kate Milby, Brockett Muir IV, Hollis Muir and Grace Muir. 

Dr. Muir will be buried on Friday, August 29, at Christ Church Parish in Christchurch, Middlesex County. The service will begin at noon.  Visitation will be tonight, August 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ Church Parish, P.O. Box 476, Saluda, VA 23149, or the Deltaville Maritime Museum, P.O. 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.

All who knew him will miss Dr. Muir’s appreciation of life, endless curiosity and gentle touch. God bless Dr. Muir. Bravo Zulu!

posted 08.29.2008

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