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Dr. Samuel B. Broaddus '73 Presented With 2003 Common Good Award

Story posted June 02, 2003

Dr. Samuel B. Broaddus of Gorham, Maine, Bowdoin Class of 1973, was honored by the Board of Trustees with the 2003 Common Good Award, presented May 31 during Reunion weekend.

The Common Good Award honors those Bowdoin alumni who have demonstrated an extraordinary, profound, and sustained commitment to the common good, in the interest and for the benefit of society, with conspicuous disregard for personal gains in wealth or status.

Samuel B. Broaddus, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a physician and surgeon with Portland Urologic Associates and director of the division of urology at Maine Medical Center. A native of Westbrook, Maine, he graduated cum laude from Bowdoin, where he was an active student. A member of Psi Upsilon, he participated in WBOR, track, and football. During that time he also served as a tutor and teacher's aide in the Brunswick Public Schools.

Broaddus went on to attend the University of Vermont College of Medicine, serve as surgical resident at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, and complete his urology residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont.

Throughout his career he has traveled great distances to give his time and expertise in the service of patients and physicians in some of the world's poorest countries.

In 1982, he began an 18-month journey that took him to St. Lucia, Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. He traveled with donated medical equipment and financed his trip in part through donations from local churches and the remainder with his own money. In each locale, Dr. Broaddus spent months living and working with local surgeons, teaching them how to use the urological equipment he brought. He improved the quality of care for hundreds of patients, who could, for the first time, be diagnosed and treated using non-invasive procedures. His training of local physicians ensured that the treatments would continue well after his departure.

Since 1994, Dr. Broaddus has traveled often to serve the people of Haiti. His trips have provided invaluable urological care and surgeries in a region where such care is rare and inconsistent. Hearing of his visits, patients travel for days to the hospital, often on foot or by donkey, to receive care.

Last year, Vietnam became his latest humanitarian destination. Dr. Broaddus's international work has earned him well-deserved recognition, including an award from the Pan-African Urological Surgeons' Association for "helping to bring urology to the doorstep of the underprivileged in Africa."

In 1991, he received the Westbrook High School Alumni Award. He also serves his local community as an advisory board member for Two Roads Maine, a wilderness retreat for those with life-threatening illnesses.

The Common Good Award was established on the occasion of the Bowdoin College Bicentennial. It is presented each year during Reunion Convocation.

Common Good Award recipients personify the idea of the common good as set forth by Bowdoin's first president, Joseph McKeen. In his inaugural address on September 2, 1802, McKeen reminded his audience that, "It ought always to be remembered that literary institutions are founded and endowed for the common good and not for the private advantage of those who resort to them for education. It is not that they may be able to pass through life in an easy and reputable manner, but that their mental powers may be cultivated and improved for the benefit of society."

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