He was an Affiliate Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida College Of Medicine and a nationally known speaker on various topics. He was one of the original interns at the University Of South Florida College of Medicine when it opened in 1971 and was awarded the "Intern of the Year" by the faculty. Dr. Branch served as an officer in most local, state and national medical and surgical organizations in which he held membership. He is the Past Chief of Urology at Tampa General Hospital and Past Chief of Staff and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He was the past president of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and represented Florida as a Governor of the American College of Surgeons. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents Nominating committee and served as its Chairman. He was an affiliate member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is the past president of the Tampa Bay Surgical Society and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa and as Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Super Bowl Host Committee XLIII. He was very active in his community having served on the Board or as an officer for the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, The University Club and the Center Club. He served as Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Hillsborough County and organized the first Red Kettle Committee. He represented the Local Advisory Board as an international representative and was one of the featured speakers at the National Advisory Board Meeting held in Minneapolis. He is King Gasparilla LXXXVI and served Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla as its 33rd Captain, First Lieutenant, Lord Chamberlain, founding chairman of the Marshall's committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Branch is the first physician ever to have served as Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla which was founded in 1904. He is a past Board member of the Tampa United Way and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce who honored him by naming him a super star of Tampa in 1986. He was the first physician ever to be honored as the Distinguished Alumnus of his undergraduate college, Arkansas State University. Dr. Branch has been named one of America's Top Physician's. He is a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Egypt Temple Shrine. He has served as Director of the Royal Order of Jesters, Court #89 and as President of the Honor Patrol of Egypt Temple Shrine. Dr. Branch's biography appears in Who's Who in American and Who's Who in the World. He had recently been honored by having been voted into the Dunklin County (his home county) Hall of Honor.
He is married to the former Lavinia McClure of Tampa. He has three children William T. Branch II, Ashley Branch and Steven Branch, Ph.d, M. D.
Dr. Branch rode a Harley.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Chiseler's of Tampa, Fla., or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at St. Johns Episcopal Church.
Blount & Curry -MacDill Funeral Chapel in Tampa, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
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