NY doc who treated celebs and correspondents dies

By the Associated Press | June 16, 2011 | 3:43 PM EDT

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Dr. Donald Brandon, a longtime New York City internist who treated celebrities and foreign correspondents, has died at the age of 84.

His son says that Brandon, who lived in Bronxville, N.Y., died Wednesday.

Brandon was medical director to The Associated Press for many years. His son said he also was an official physician to the United Nations.

He knew Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, UN Secretary General U Thant (oo thahnt) and explorer Thor Heyerdahl (HEYE'-ur-dahl.)

The son of touring vaudevillians, Brandon grew up on the road. His college education was interrupted by service with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. Afterward he established his New York practice and worked until 2008.