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Alan Iddles, 85, died Thursday, February 26 of complications from lung and heart disease. He was born July 10, 1923 in Bryn Mawr, PA. He attended Los Alamos Ranch School, Los Alamos NM ; Cornell University and Cornell Medical College, graduating with an MD degree in 1948. He completed a general surgery residency at Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware and then was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1956. He married the love of his life, Molly Briggs, May 8, 1954. Molly and Alan were married 52 years. Alan and Molly lived in Nurnberg, Germany from 1955-1957 where Alan was a general surgeon in the U.S. Army at the 16th Field Hospital there. Upon returning from Germany in 1957, he took over a general practice from Dr. Ronald E. Lossee in Ennis, Montana where he practiced from 1957 to 1959. He moved to Bozeman, Montana in 1959 to practice general surgery. He was on the staff at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital as well as a surgeon at the Mountain View Memorial Hospital in White Sulphur Springs, Montana; Madison Valley Hospital in Ennis, Montana; Ruby Valley Hospital in Sheridan, Montana and Barrett Memorial Hospital in Dillon, Montana. He lived in Bozeman until 1977 when he moved to Dillon, Montana to practice surgery at Barrett Memorial Hospital. While on staff at Barrett Memorial, he continued to do surgery at Ruby Valley and Madison Valley Hospitals. During his time in Dillon, he was instrumental in restoring the community’s hospital.
He was chief of staff of Bozeman Deaconess and Barrett Memorial Hospitals,
president of the Gallatin County Medical Association, Southern Montana Cancer
Foundation and Bozeman Medical Arts Center, chairman of MONTPAC, President of Bozeman Symphony Society, board member of Bridger Canyon Property Owners Association and the Interwest Bank of Bozeman and a member of Sigma Chi. Alan and Molly lived in Bridger Canyon, where they enjoyed a ranch lifestyle surrounded by friends with the beautiful Bridger Mountains in the background. He had a love of music, especially Dixie Land jazz and he played trombone in the “James Gang”, a band in Dillon Montana. He was an avid fly fisherman and loved camping. When he retired, he became a “surgeon” of woodworking, making captain’s chairs for all of his children and good friends.
Alan and Molly and family spent many holidays and happy occasions with their dear friends Louella and Doug Polette and Eleanor and John Mest. He is survived by his brother Gordon Iddles, of Indiana,as well as 4 children: Andrea Aldrovandi of Boston , MA, David Iddles of Boulder ,CO, Andrew Iddles (Lana Iddles) of Bozeman , MT and Cathy Vanderpool (Rick Vanderpool),of Brigham City, Utah. He had 6 grandchildren: Matthew, Christopher, Anthony, Molly, Ryan, and Brayden ; and 1 great grand daughter, Veronica.

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