George Bruce McFadden

Feb 19, 1934 - Oct 28, 2019


Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home Funeral Home

582 Springfield Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090

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George Bruce McFadden died peacefully at home on October 28, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was 85 years old. 

Bruce, as he preferred to be called, lived in Westfield, New Jersey from 1982 until his death.  He was born in Winchester, VA and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (BS, 1957) and the Medical College of Virginia (Masters of Hospital Administration, 1961). He was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and then proceeded to work in the field of hospital administration. 

He worked at the Easton General Hospital (Easton, MD) from 1963 to 1970 and it was here he met his wife, Lois. Subsequently, he worked at the Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) from 1970 to 1975 and then served as the Director of the University of Maryland Hospital (Baltimore, MD) from 1975 to 1982 and President of Middlesex General Hospital/ Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick, NJ) from 1982 to 1988. He later worked as the Executive Director for the New York Regional Transplant Program (New York, NY) from 1991 to 1995. 

Bruce held numerous professional and service posts including being a member of the Executive Committee of the American College of Graduate Medical Education (1981-1985), the George Street Playhouse Board of Directors (1985-1990), the Westfield Y Board of Directors (1985-1993) and the Westfield Board of Education (1987 -1993) where he completed his term as Vice-President. Since retirement, he maintained an active life largely devoted to spending time with his family and, until recently, sailing. 

He is survived by his wife Lois, two children Amy (with her husband Benton Cummings) and Christopher (with his wife Elizabeth Ives), and his grandchildren Ben, Addie, Henry, Gus, Ellie and Tucker. His twin brother, James D. McFadden, of Coral Gables, Fl., survives him. Two siblings, Mary Scott and Samuel, predeceased him. Bruce fondly remembered sailing at the Bitter End with family as some of his best memories. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, he will be sorely missed.  A private family service is planned.