The Passing of Dr. Philip Brandt

February 25, 2020
Dr. Philip W. Brandt

We are saddened to announce the death of Dr. Philip Brandt, Professor Emeritus and long-time member of the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology.

Dr. Brandt, 89, passed away on February 17th, 2020 in Riverdale, New York. He was born on September 23, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Brandt earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Biophysics from Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1960 and remained at Columbia for his entire 50-year long career. He was an internationally known scientist in muscle biophysics, mentored graduate students and published over 80 papers in distinguished journals. In addition to research, Dr. Brandt was a valued teacher in the Clinical Gross Anatomy course, continuing to teach long after his retirement. Dr. Brandt was devoted to research and teaching and won numerous fellowships and awards. He was loved by all for his altruism, humor, warmth and kindness as a human being. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Dr. Brandt’s wife of 59 years, renowned artist Helene Brandt, died suddenly in 2013. They have two children, David and Daniel, as well as two grandsons, to whom we offer our deep condolences.