Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 5, 2015
WARREN DANIEL BRILL, MD
WARREN DANIEL BRILL, MD Dr. Brill was born on January
18, 1921, in Washington, DC.
His mother envisioned a career in acting and theatre for
her son and he was instructed in dance and elocution from
a young age. The lessons turned him into a virtuoso dancer,
a talent that he enjoyed and practiced for the rest of his life. Contrary to his mother's
wishes, he had his mind set on a career in medicine.
He graduated from Central High School (1939) and then received Bachelor of Science
and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Maryland in 1941 and 1943. His
path through the University of Maryland Medical School was accelerated because of the
Second World War. He served in the Pacific and was promoted to the Chief Medical
Officer on his ship by age 23. Later, in 1952, he was recalled into military service for the
Korean War and was stationed at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and the
After his discharge in 1954, he practiced internal medicine in Washington, DC for 45
years. He was a Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical School.
He taught medical students physical diagnosis for more than 30 years, even after his
retirement. He was a past president of the D.C. Medical Society and was a member of
the Jacobi Medical Society and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was
a distinguished practitioner of internal medicine who treated celebrities, members of
Congress, dignitaries and other officials. Yet, he was equally attentive to all patients,
making house calls, caring about their private lives, and patiently listening while treating
and comforting the sick and well.
He was most devoted to his wife, Bess, the love of his life, whom he met at the University
of Maryland. They were blessed with 70 years of marriage until his passing on September
He was a loving father to his three children who all pursued careers in medicine and to his
eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, on whom he doted and lavished
attention as "Poppy," while they played billiards and swam at his condo.
He and Bess enjoyed travel, tennis, opera, theatre, music, and all of the culture of
Washington, DC. He was a member of the Cosmos Club. He was a 4th generation
member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation. He had great curiosity about life and
other people. When he was in failing health at age 94 near the end of his life and was
asked if he had had a good life, he replied "yes" with no hesitation.
Funeral services were previously held.