Dr. Thomas Madden

Published on Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:55


Dr. Thomas (Tom) James Madden, born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 23, 1920, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Carol Woods Retirement Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dr. Madden grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, South Bend, Ind., and Aurora, Ill. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chicago and received his M.D. at the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1944. After completing a one-year internship at Cook County hospital in Chicago, he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps. His service included several assignments, most notably Operation Crossroads, the first post-World War II atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, where he served as a member of the radiological safety section and witnessed the Able and Baker tests in July 1946.

After leaving the Army, he returned to Chicago to complete his residency in pathology at Wesley Memorial Hospital and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Northwestern University School of Medicine). He completed the final year of his residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, Colo., from 1950 to 1951.

Dr. Madden joined the Department of Pathology at the General Hospital in New Britain, Conn., in 1951 and was Director of the Department of Pathology from 1969 until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Madden was a lifelong learner and researcher. He dedicated himself to mentoring the next generation of pathologists by serving as Clinical Instructor at Yale University Medical College and as Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Connecticut Medical School.

He met his beloved wife Margaret (Peg) Madden, M.D., during their respective medical residencies in Chicago. They married in August 1949. Dr. Margaret Madden died on Sept. 21, 2007. In his private life, Dr. Madden was a passionate genealogist, a student of the history of Ireland, and a devoted father and grandfather. Dr. Madden leaves behind his sons James, John, and Thomas, their spouses, and his seven granddaughters.

A vigil will be held Friday, July 28, 2017, at 1 p.m., with a reception immediately following in the Assembly Hall at the Carol Woods Retirement Center, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

The burial Mass will be held after the vigil and reception Friday, July 28, 2017, at 3 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Duke University Libraries, Development, Box 90581, Durham, NC 27708; or give online at www.gifts.duke.edu/library ; or Second Chance Pet Adoptions, 6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133, Raleigh, NC 27607-5148 or give online at www.secondchancenc.org

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:55. Updated: Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:57.