Peaceful passing of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1994: Dr Terry Berry Brazelton in 1994. (Photo by Valerie WINCKLER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As you probably now know, the world lost a true champion for children and families with the peaceful passing of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton on Tuesday, March 13th at his home in Barnstable, Massachusetts.

Wonderful obituaries have appeared in the website of  Harvard Medical School,  New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, or another article in New York Times among others, while NBC Nightly News (video clip starts at 0:28), National Public Radio, and other media outlets in the United States and around the world have profiled Dr. Brazelton and his accomplishments.

We are deeply touched by the outpouring of tributes, support and well wishes, and look forward to seeing many of you in Boston at the celebration of Dr. Brazelton’s life on Monday, April 23rd. The Dr. T. Berry Brazelton Symposium and Celebration will focus on honoring the life and legacy of a true revolutionary, as we carry forward Dr. Brazelton’s work into the future through the Center he founded two decades ago. More information about the event can be found at or by contacting Michael Accardi.

Dr. Brazelton’s contributions have forever changed the lives of millions of children and families for the better, and together we will ensure that this is true for generations to come. On behalf of the entire Touchpoints family, thank you for all that you do, and may we all fondly remember our dear friend, colleague, and mentor, Berry Brazelton.

With warm regards,



PS: Many of you have asked about how you can honor Dr. Brazelton and celebrate his life:

Share tributes, stories, and memories of Dr. Brazelton’s impact on the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s Facebook page –

Send a note of condolence to the attention of or mail to Kayla, c/o Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, 1295 Boylston Street, Suite 320, Boston, MA 02215

Learn more about his extraordinary life and legacy –

Watch one of the many videos we have online that pay tribute to Dr. Brazelton’s life, work and legacy –

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brazelton Touchpoints Center – to ensure that Dr. Brazelton’s work continues on.




Joshua Sparrow, MD
Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School