Bradford Stevens MacNulty, 84, of Wilmington, NC, and Sugar Mountain, NC, passed away on December 23, 2012, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center of complications of Parkinson's disease. Brad was born on June 24, 1928, in Hartford, CT, the son of the late Raymond Henry MacNulty and Leontine Dickinson MacNulty.

He is survived by his wife of 541/2 years, Shirley Whitehead MacNulty; two sons James Dickinson MacNulty (Karen) of Mocksville, NC and Robert Kermit MacNulty (Vanessa) of Wilmington, NC; one brother, Dickinson Grey MacNulty (Helen Janet) of Kensington, CT; two grandsons, Steven Edward MacNulty (Ashley) and Jay Bryant MacNulty, both of Wilmington, NC; one step granddaughter Madison Paige Morrison, of Wilmington, NC; three step grandsons, Joe Campbell Owen, of Chesterfield; SC, Matthew Jordon Owen and Adam Scott Owen, both of Mocksville, NC; one great-grandson, six step-great grandchildren, one niece and one nephew, and his Shih Tzu, Muffy.

Mr. MacNulty graduated from Westfield, MA High School in 1946, The University of Massachusetts in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology and in 1952 with a Masters Degree in Public Health. He served in the United States Navy and was a reserve officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.

From 1956 to 1966 he was employed by the Food Science and Engineering Division of the Naval Supply Research and Development Facility, Bayonne, New Jersey. During his years with the Navy, he served as head of the Field Operations Team, primarily responsible for Navy food equipment used both ashore and afloat. He also served as Food Specialist supervising and developing projects in food science and new feeding system concepts, including development of some of the food in the early space program. Highlights in the field of equipment development include a milk reconstituting and dispensing machine, a deep fat fryer for submarine use and some of the design criteria used in today's convection ovens.

From 1966 to 1971 he served as Management Specialist for the School Food Service of the Child Nutrition Division, Director's Staff (USDA) and from 1971 to 1974 he served the Agency as Branch Chief of the Facilities and Management Technology Branch and in 1974, Mr. MacNulty was appointed Manager of the Nonfood Assistance Program in the Child Nutrition Division (formerly School Lunch Division), Food and Nutrition Service Agency, USDA, Washington, DC.

After retirement, the MacNultys moved to St. Mary's City, MD where he sold real estate. They moved to Wilmington in 1990. Mr. MacNulty was a talented piano and keyboard player. His hobbies included music, playing bridge and bird watching.

A memorial service will be held at Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church at 2 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, 1209 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428; Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or the .

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mary Rudyk and the staff of the 3rd, 7th and 10th (especially Angie, Debbie, and Kay Ellen) floors of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington Health and Rehabilitation Center especially Marie and Tracy and Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2012