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Obituaries » Tony Broderick

Anthony J. “Tony” Broderick Jr., 75, of Warrenton, former top safety official at the Federal Aviation Administration) and long-time aviation consultant, died Dec. 30, 2018, in Bealeton, following a long illness.

Known to both friends and colleagues alike simply as “Tony,” the highly influential transportation safety expert joined the Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center in Cambridge, Mass., in 1971. Mr. Broderick’s work in several areas, including ozone reduction, led him to join FAA in 1976, relocating his family to Warrenton in the process.

After two years with the agency’s Office of Environment and Energy High Altitude Pollution Program, he moved to FAA’s regulation and certification (AVR) organization, which developed and enforced all U.S. aviation safety standards. During the next 18 years, he played central roles in several major regulatory initiatives, including developing international audit standards for civil aviation agencies, and developing standards for safe operation of twin-engine airliners over oceans and the polar regions. He also served as one of FAA’s primary liaisons with other agencies and testified on behalf of FAA at many Congressional hearings on a range of aviation issues.

Mr. Broderick retired from government service in 1996, having spent the previous eight years as AVR’s top official, overseeing 4,600 employees and an annual budget of $400 million.
He stayed in the industry, however, becoming a technical adviser to several large companies, including Airbus, Atlas Air and FedEx. Mr. Broderick retired in 2014.

His career-long contributions to aviation safety were recognized with numerous awards. Among them: a 1979 Arthur S. Fleming Award recognizing him as one of the 10 outstanding young men and women in the Federal Service, as well as the ranks of Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive in 1982 and Distinguished Executive in 1991. In 1992, Broderick received an Aviation Week & Space Technology Aerospace Laurel for his work on oversight of foreign carriers operating into the U.S. Flight International named him Aerospace Personality of the Year in 1995. In 1996, he received the Aviation Week and Space Technology-Flight Safety Foundation distinguished service award for career excellence as well as the Air Traffic Control Association individual achievement award.

Born in New York on February 23, 1943, Mr. Broderick grew up in Levittown. He attended St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, N.Y., and continued to St. Bonaventure University, graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. He then spent seven years in the private sector developing optical systems before joining the Transportation Department.

While science and aviation safety were his lifelong passions, he made time for other interests. He was a competitive golfer and cross-country athlete in his school days, had a fondness for old cars, and was an avid motor racing fan. He also worked as a youth soccer referee and often helped score dressage tests at local equestrian events.

He is survived by wife; Sylvia; his children, Sean and Pia; his grandchildren, Isabelle and Magdalena; his sisters, Penelope and Christine; his brothers-in-law Jimmy and George, and numerous extended-family members.

Arrangements for a public remembrance are being made and will be announced via the family.

Those wishing to express their condolences and appreciation for Mr. Broderick’s life are encouraged provide a donation to Blue Ridge Christian Home, 7034 Catlett Road, Bealeton, Va. 22712, or a memorial donation in his name to the Alzheimer's Association.
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