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Charles Bradley

Charles William Bradley, DPM

Charles William Bradley, DPM, resident of Burlingame, CA, was born on the family ranch in Fife, Texas, July 23, 1923. He was the youngest son of Tom (dec. 1975) and Mary Ada (nee Cheatham, dec. 1983) Bradley and brother of Tom Jr. (dec. 1978) and Loraine (nee Ward, dec. 1998) Bradley. Raised in Fife, Charles attended Lohn High School, Lohn, TX, (class of 1939) and Texas Tech University (1940-1942). He proudly served his country in World War II in the Solomon Islands, Pharmacist's Mate, US Navy. After the war, his ship docked at Treasure Island and, Dad fell in love with San Francisco. He met and married his beloved Marilyn A. Brown on Apr. 3, 1948 (dec. 1973). He continued his education at the California College of Podiatric Medicine, (DPM, 1949), and at the age of 64, obtained his Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, (MPA 1987). Dad was the proud father of Steven (Dorothy), David (dec. 1951), Gregory (Marian), Jeffrey (Erika), Elizabeth (Joseph, dec. 1996) Asciutto, and Gerald (Avelina), who will always celebrate his life. Loving and supportive grandfather to Charles (Christine) Bradley, Caelyn Bradley, Vincent Asciutto, Kathleen Asciutto, Thomas Ascuitto and David Bradley & great-grandfather to Matthew Bradley. Brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and cousin to numerous members of the Bradley, McGuire, Brown, Drexler, Kazeski, Moak, Haslinger, Kay, Ward, Mitchell, Finlay, Davies, and Issacs families. On March 12, 2013, he passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by loved ones from Pulmonary Fibrosis.


A patriarch, podiatrist, educator, and mentor, Dad practiced podiatric medicine for 60 years in Brownwood and Beaumont TX, and San Francisco and San Bruno, CA., retiring at 86 years of age. Included in his many life accomplishments: Associate Clinical Professor, Chief of Staff, Chairman and Trustee, California College of Podiatric Medicine; Past President, American Podiatry Association; founding Member and Chairman of the Board Podiatric Insurance Company of America; Past President, California Podiatric Medical Association; Vice-Chairman, National Academy of Practices; on podiatry staff at Peninsula, Sequoia, and St. Luke's Hospitals, and selfless supporter of numerous charitable organizations.


He was also a member of The Olympic Club, San Francisco Symphony Foundation, American Legion, San Bruno Lions Club, Elks Club, San Bruno Chamber of Commerce, Commonwealth Club, and served on the San Mateo Grand Jury (1989).


Charles, "Brad", enjoyed entertaining family and friends, working, traveling, card playing, fishing, and supporting the arts. "Doc" as he was called by many family, friends and patients, absolutely loved his profession, never calling it work because he was helping people and that made him feel good in his heart. Dad always told us, "You need to find something you truly love to do and it will never feel like work". He never wanted to retire because he would miss his "friends" as he called his patients.


The Bradley family is grateful to caregiver Eduardo Bautista, for the extraordinary care he gave Dad through his illness.


In lieu of flowers, donations to the San Bruno Lions Club, POB 242, San Bruno, CA 94066, or are preferred.


Please attend a celebration of Dad's life on Saturday, March 16, 11AM, at Crosby N. Gray Funeral Home, 2 Park Road, Burlingame, CA .


Committal at Fife Cemetery, Fife Texas


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2013
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