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Roland Louis Francois Breton, MD

Died: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Nov. 16, 2018
Location: Sacred Heart

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Nov. 16, 2018
Location: Sacred Heart

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Music by The Piano Brothers

Dr. Roland Louis Francois Breton, affectionately nicknamed “Roldy”, died Wednesday evening,
November 7, 2018 at his home in Elkton, Maryland after a battle with lymphoma. He was 83
years old.
He was born on September 18, 1935, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Edgar Breton and Francoise
Paillere. He was the youngest of six (6) children.
Following the example of his older brothers, Roland joined the boy scouts at the age of four (4)
and remained with them until he completed medical school. A highlight of his scouting activities
included attending a jamboree gathering of all the Caribbean nations. Roland was inspired by
Felix Coicou, a local physician, to pursue a career in medecine. Dr. Coicou often invited young
Roland to personally observe his medical practice located in Port-au-Prince.
After completing his baccalaureat in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Roland attended Medical School in
Haiti, furthered his medical studies in Montreal, Canada, and completed his residency at
Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. While at Georgetown, he was mentored by
a pioneering German Radiologist Willie Bench. Dr. Bench was instrumental in Roland receiving
an NIH grant for Harvard to be trained as one of the graduates of the new interventional
radiology practice in the USA. He was trained to perform various invasive catheter exams such
as venograms, arteriograms, and angioplasty.
Roland’s career as a radiologist included positions at Alvin C. York VA Hospital in
Murfreesboro, TN; Chesapeake Imaging Specialists, Baltimore, MD; Sinai Hospital, Baltimore,
MD; Arlington Hospital, Arlington VA; Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD and junior radiologist
at Harvard Medical School Peter Brent Brigham Hospital, Boston MA. In addition, he was a
radiology instructor at Sinai Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. He was
awarded Radiology Fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Johns
Hopkins Hospital, Harvard University, and Harvard Medical School Peter Brent Brigham
Aside from his profession, Roland was a lifelong soccer fanatic and was heavily involved in
coaching his sons’ youth soccer teams in the Montgomery County, Md, area. He loved to play
the piano, harmonica, and the accordion. He loved classical music. He had the unique habit of
whistling his favorite tunes nonstop throughout the entire day.
He spent his retirement years between his Naples, Fl, and Elkton, Md, residences.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Adeline Lavaud (Jean), Haiti, and
Edith LeConte (Fritz), Flushing Meadows, NY.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Etta Boulden Breton, who was always by his side. From
a previous marriage to Anne-Marie Romain Breton, he has three (3) surviving sons, Renald J.
Breton (Florence), Bertrand E. Breton (Gloria), and Reginald E. Breton (Kristina). Grandchildren
include Isabella, Sebastien, Panonica, Antonio, and Bianca.
Surviving brothers include Robert Breton (Denise, deceased), Oceanside, CA; Roger Breton
(Ginette), Briarwood, NY, and Yvan Breton, Haiti. In addition, he has numerous beloved nieces,
nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
The family request in lieu of flowers donations to Forgotten Children of Haiti, htpp://www.haitiforgottenchildren.com

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