1932 – 2014

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Carl Alexander Brinkman, MD, FACS, of Bluffton, S.C., and formerly of Portland, passed away on Saturday, July 26.

He was born in Resht, Iran, on June 17, 1932, the son of medical missionaries, the late Dr. Harry and Adrianna (Van Lopik) Brinkman. Carl was also predeceased by his first wife, Diane-Clare (Butler) Brinkman, and his twin brother, Dr. Paul Brinkman.

He graduated from Farmington High School; from Bowdoin College, cum laude; and received his MD from Yale University. He served his internship, with surgical and neurosurgery residency, at the University of Michigan.

He was a neurosurgeon at Maine Medical Center, chief of neurosurgery (1980-1993); founder of the Southern Maine Neurosurgical Associates and Maine Magnetic Imaging, Portland; diplomat of American Board of Neurosurgeons; a member of the Coller Society; and author of numerous neurosurgical articles.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; his two daughters, Sharon-Lee “Shari” Brinkman-Young and her husband, D. Kelley Young, of Portland, and Valerie Clare Brinkman of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, Alexandra Brinkman-Young and Eli Daniel Rocha; his sister-in-law, Joan Brinkman; his brother-in-law, B. Sturges Butler; two nieces, Jan Brinkman and Nancy Steele and her husband, Dr. Eric Steele; and two nephews, Mike Brinkman and his wife, Sharon, and Chris Brinkman and his wife, Debbie.

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