James A. Broderick, administrative law judge

November 29, 2013

James A. Broderick, an administrative law judge with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission from 1978 until his retirement in 1994, died Nov. 8 at a hospice in Wexford, Pa. He was 87.

The cause was complications from pulmonary fibrosis, said his daughter, Sue Broderick Reiter.

From 1978 until 1982, Mr. Broderick held the title of chief administrative law judge at the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. Before that, he served five years as an administrative law judge with the Interior Department.

Earlier in his career, he was a member of the Labor Department’s Employees’ Compensational Appeals Board.

James Andrew Broderick, a native of Detroit, was a graduate of the University of Michigan and what is now the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and was part of an infantry division that helped liberate the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, his daughter said.

He was a lector at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill and did volunteer work with So Others Might Eat and the U.S. National Arboretum. He lived in Silver Spring before moving to Wexford in 2011.

His first wife, the former Mary Helen Colborne, died in 1976 after 26 years of marriage. His second wife, the former Anne O’Hora, died in 2011 after 32 years of marriage. A son from his first marriage, Michael Broderick, died in 2010.

Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Sue Broderick Reiter of Wexford; three brothers; and a grandson.

— Megan McDonough