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Dr. James Burch Brooks

Dr. James Burch Brooks

Dr. James Burch Brooks, a retired orthopedic surgeon who spent his more than four-decade career with the Four East Madison Orthopedic Association, died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Union Memorial Hospital.

The Cross Keys resident was 85.

"He was extremely capable and humble, and he was well liked by his patients and all of those who worked around him," said Dr. Charles E. "Chick" Silberstein, a longtime friend and Baltimore orthopedic surgeon. "His patients just adored him."

The son of insurance executives, Dr. Brooks was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. After graduating from Loyola High School in 1943, he...