Joseph Lajus Brady|
May 14, 1917 February 17, 2013
Resident of Walnut Creek
Joseph Lajus Brady Jr. passed away at home on 17 February 2013. Born in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Sara Barney and Joseph Lajus Brady. The family soon moved to Pasadena, California, where Joe attended school.
Soon after Pearl Harbor, Joe joined the Navy to serve on one of the large schooners commandeered by the Navy to patrol the Pacific coast for the first couple of years of World War II. Their duty was to watch for enemy submarines and report the progress of Merchant Marine ships who had no protection. Later, he served in the San Diego Naval District Headquarters and on the Destroyer Escort USS Richard W. Suesens in the Pacific engagements.
Joe was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in Astronomy. Joe worked for UC Berkeley, U.C.L.A., and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. He was a mathematical Astronomer, specializing in comet orbits, using high-speed computers. Among his achievements was calculating the orbit of Sputnik for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory so he could predict where and when Sputniks I II would fall to earth. He accurately predicted Halley's Comet return in 1986, using observations from over 2000 years. His many publications were on long-period comets, including a volume, The Heliocentric Coordinates of Mars 1800-2000, which was used for the early space probes.
Joe leaves his wife of 69 years, Turalu Reed Brady; his daughter Turalu Brady Murdock (David), and son, Joseph Lajus Brady III (Wendie); 5 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren, Christopher Brady Gould (Annette), Tura Murdock Rocha (Carlos), Joseph Lajus Brady IV (Adrianne), David Reed Brady, and Shannon Brady, Emily Murdock and Chauncey Murdock; 7 Great-Grandchildren, Wyatt McCarthy Gould, Amelia May Gould, Lydia Grace Gould, Joseph Lajus Brady V, Brookelynne Ava Brady, Carlos David Rocha and Samuel Orlando Rocha. Joe also leaves his sister, Sara Brady Shatford and brother, David Kilbourne Brady (Eva), and many nieces and nephews.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 22, 2013