Buddy Bench Honors Pediatrician

Dr. Brian Corden thought he was visiting Ms. DeShields’ 1st grade classroom to read to the students again, as he has done for many years.  But this time there was a special surprise in store! In addition to a classroom full of eager students, he was greeted by his elder brother Pierce Corden and his wife Marja, along with Dr. Lisa Devaric, Easton Elementary Dobson Principal, and several members of his former staff.  They presented him with a brand new “Buddy Bench” donated to EES-Dobson in his honor.

The bench is a gift from Dr. Corden’s three brothers Pierce, Paul and David and their families, in recognition of his retirement and his lifelong commitment to children’s health.  Dr. Corden has cared for children on the Eastern Shore since 1994.  He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Honors Program, earned a Ph.D. from Brown University and an M.D. from Georgetown.  Prior to starting his general pediatrics practice here in Easton, Corden worked in Pediatric Oncology at Johns Hopkins, National Institutes of Health, Emory University and University of New Mexico and was in private practice in Chattanooga, TN.

Dr. Corden has been a generous supporter of Ms. DeSheilds’ classroom for more than a decade, sponsoring the classroom, donating books and other special gifts to the students, and serving as a guest reader numerous times throughout the years.  “I really like visiting EES,” Dr. Corden says.  “Ms. D. and her first grade class have been exceptional, year after year. They are always well behaved and happy. If only we could share that with all the worried adults around!  I hope they enjoy the Buddy Bench.”   Students wrote stories about the Buddy Bench and shared them with Dr. Corden during the celebration.

While Pierce and Marja live in nearby Bethesda, MD,  Paul resides in Spartanburg, SC and David in Knoxville, TN.  “The Corden Boys” as they were known in their youth, all grew up in Chattanooga, TN.  Dr. Corden’s brothers and their families all agreed that a Buddy Bench was a great way to honor him. “We think this bench is a great way to recognize Brian for being a “big buddy” to kids at Easton Elementary – Dobson, and in his pediatric career caring for kids, both sick and healthy, for his entire professional life,” Pierce explained.

“The buddy bench is a place for children to sit when they are feeling sad or lonely, so that friends can join them and invite them to play,” explained Dr. Lisa Devaric, Principal of Easton Elementary – Dobson Building.  “We are thrilled to have this new bench, and grateful to Dr. Corden for his many years of kindness to Dobson students.”

Dr. Brian Corden’s brothers Pierce, Paul and David and their families have donated a brand new “Buddy Bench” to EES-Dobson in recognition of his retirement and his lifelong commitment to children’s health.  The buddy bench is a place for children to sit when they are feeling sad or lonely, so that friends can reach out and invite them play.

A special surprise awaited Dr. Brian Corden when he recently visited Ms. DeShields’ 1st grade classroom to read. In addition to a classroom full of eager students, he was greeted by Ms. Corden and elder brother Pierce Corden, along with Dr. Lisa Devaric, Easton Elementary Dobson Principal, and several members of his former staff.  They presented him with a brand new “Buddy Bench” donated to EES-Dobson in recognition of his retirement and his lifelong commitment to children’s health.   Left to right (front) Mrs. Marja Corden, Dr. Brian Corden, brother Pierce Corden.  (back) Kari Windsor, Judy Fauntleroy and Heather Dyott, all former members of Dr. Corden’s staff, and Dr. Lisa Devaric, Principal of Easton Elementary – Dobson Building.

Dr. Corden, along with his brother and sister-in-law Pierce and Marja Corden, try out the new Buddy Bench donated to Easton Elementary -Dobson by his family in honor of his retirement.  They were joined by Kari Windsor, Judy Fauntleroy and Heather Dyott, all former members of Dr. Corden’s staff, and surrounded Ms. DeShields’ entire first grade class.

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