Marcel Bratu, MD

Marcel Bratu MD, of Hamden, died on August 6, 2019 at the CT Hospice in Branford. Son of the late attorney Solomon and Cilia (Stern) Zalman, he was born in Dorohoi, Romania, on December 25th, 1924. He was the husband of Mary (Linscher) Bratu for more than 69 years. Beside her, he leaves a daughter, Monica (Ariel) Talmor of Hamden, a son Alex Bratu (Mary Anne Sulik) of Milford CT and 2 grandchildren, Michael and Maia Talmor. He was predeceased by his sister, Dr. Dorothea (Maurice) Rodescu. Dr. Bratu had a large family spread out in the USA, Europe, Israel and Canada. He graduated from the Medical School of the University Of Bucharest, Romania, in 1949. After 15 years of pediatric practice in Communist Romania, his last job being Director and Chairman of the Constantza Children’s Hospital, his family of 10 immigrated to the USA in 1964. He served as an intern at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY for a year and then as a resident in Pediatrics at St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven, CT for the next 2 years, the last of which he was Chief Resident. In 1967 he was appointed Assistant Chairman of the Pediatrics Department at St. Raphael’s. In 1969, he became certified by the Board of Pediatrics and made a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He wrote a few articles on pediatric medicine for national journals. Starting in 1969 he was in private practice in New Haven, Derby, Ansonia, and Oxford and served as an attending pediatrician at Yale New Haven Medical Center, St. Raphael’s, and Griffin Hospital Dr. Bratu had an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale School of Medicine until his retirement. He also served as Pediatric Consultant at the Connecticut State Department of Health from 1985 to 1990. He found time to go to Fenway Park, being a great fan of the Red Sox. Aside from his family, he enjoyed classical music, opera, and fishing.

Graveside funeral services will be held at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen, Ave. New Haven Friday at 11:00am. The Weller Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. New Haven is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Chapter of the American Heart Association, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 251 Post Street, Suite 600, San Francisco CA 94108.

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  1. Stuart Miller said,

    08.06.19 at 8:29 pm

    To Monica and Alex,
    I was sorry to read about the loss of your father. He was always nice to me and would stop by to see me at The Crown Market in the 1970’s. May his memory be for a blessing. Stuart Miller

  2. C.J. Heigelmann said,

    08.07.19 at 6:26 pm

    To Monica and Alex-

    I send my heart felt condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father and family patriarch. I pray for your comfort and peace during this time of grief. May he continue to live in your hearts through never ending love.

    Warmest Regards,


  3. Doina coman said,

    08.08.19 at 6:05 am

    Dumnezeu sa l odihnească în pace. Sincere condoleanțe pentru Doamna Bratu soție devotata timp de 69 ani și pentru Monica și Alex copii minunați. DÎn orașul Constanța locul de unde a plecat spre America Amintire veșnică pentru cel care timp de 15 ani a fost devotat copiilor să i însănătoșească. .Odihna veșnică !

  4. Rita Brieger said,

    08.08.19 at 8:33 am

    So happy I had a chance to celebrate with Marcel and his family at his most recent birthday. I met him at bridge many years ago. A friendship was formed. We all missed him when he stopped playing. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Daniel & Helen Rusanowsky said,

    08.08.19 at 12:30 pm

    To our dear friends Alex & Mary Anne, so sorry to read in the paper on the passing of your Dad Alex. in reading the obit it appears that he had a fruitful & productive life having come from a communist held country, raising a large family & practicing his medical skills here in the United States, shows that hard work, dedication & perseverance can put you at the head of the class. Our sorrow & sympathies to you & your Family. Daniel & Helen Rusanowsky Family

  6. Gabrielle Wolf-Stahl said,

    08.12.19 at 3:16 pm

    August 08, 2019
    Dr Bratu was my pediatrician many years ago.
    I remember once when my croup had gotten so bad late one night, my mom rushed me to the local ER.

    Early the next morning my mom received a phone call…a deep, commanding, accented voice;
    “So, Mrs Wolf, am I no longer Gabrielle’s pediatrician?”
    Mom: “Of course you still are, Dr Bratu!”
    Dr: “Then why did I have to hear from the hospital that your daughter was there, and you did not call me?”
    Mom: “But Dr Bratu, it was in the middle of the night!”
    Dr: “So?”

    A little while later; a knock on our door…and there he was….making a house call to make sure that I was alright.

    Dr Bratu was the kind of doctor all patients wish they had, and all doctors should aspire to be…. caring, conscientious, competent… and a true mensch.

    Prayers and condolences to the Bratu family.
    May his memory be a blessing.

    -Gabrielle Wolf-Stahl