Dr. Daniel W. Brake, Sr.
Mt. Pleasant – Dr. Daniel W. Brake, 77, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Sue Roach Brake, died August 8, 2017.
He grew up in Lake City, SC, son of the late Gladys Nettles Brake and Daniel Washington Brake. He attended Wofford College where he made life-long friends, many who joined him at the Medical University of South Carolina. His Internship and Family Practice Residency were completed at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Next he served in the US Air Force at Wright Patterson and as Hospital Commander in Greenland. The following ten years he practiced in Conway and served as Chief of Staff and President of the Board of Directors of the Conway Hospital, as well as Chairman of Horry County Board of Health. He and his family then moved to Middleton Place near Charleston; thereafter, Dr. Brake spent thirty years as a family physician in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Founder and President of Trident Family Practice and one of the originators of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, he served as President of the South Carolina Medical Association in 1989, Tri-County Health Department Chairman, SC delegate to the American Medical Association, and a board member of the Red Cross, United Way and Boy Scouts of America. He received many accolades, some of which included Best Doctors of America 1998, South Carolina Family Physician of the Year in 2000, and MUSC Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001. He also provided pro bono medical services to Mepkin Abbey Monastery, and served on mission trips to Nicaragua.
Dr. Brake was devoted to his family, friends and his patients. Whether practicing medicine, playing the guitar or tennis, traveling or fishing, he loved spending time with others- and it was the quality of these interactions and the joy that he brought to them that made him so special.
Dr. Brake is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sue R. Brake, Mt. Pleasant; sister, Anne Brun, Redlands, CA; a daughter, Shannon Brake de Vivies (Philippe), Arles, France; and a son, Dr. Daniel W. Brake, Jr. (Melanie), Greenville, SC; and five grandchildren, Juliette, Maxime, and Chloe de Vivies and Grayson and Hunter Brake.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 13th, at St. Andrew’s Church, Mount Pleasant. Information at the Palmetto Cremation Society website. A family service will be held at Mepkin Abbey Columbarium on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to the Red Cross, Mepkin Abbey, St. Andrews Church, or the Lewy Body Association.