GENE E. BRADLEY

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GENE E. BRADLEY  

Passed away peacefully on September 6, 2012 at his home in McLean, VA. On May 8, 1921, Gene Elliott Bradley, son of Gladys and Paul, was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska, and soon after graduation joined the Tenth Mountain Division, serving in France and Italy during World War II. The post-war years found him in San Francisco, where he worked during the day as an advertising executive and moonlighted as a model - first for Macy's Department store, appearing in full page ads in the San Francisco Chronicle, and later for Standard Oil, appearing on billboards across the country.
After a brief tour at the Pentagon, Gene Bradley moved to Cincinnati and then Schenectady, New York to work for General Electric. While in Schenectady, he served as president of the PTA of the local elementary school that his son, David, attended. There he persuaded the school to use its surplus budget to build a school in Latin America. In 1964, the Peace Corps brought Gene and his family to Washington, D.C. to launch the School to School Program, in which American school children could, for a dollar, help pay for schools to be built in Latin America and Africa. The program, which has constructed more than 3,000 schools, exists today.
After serving as president of the International Management Association, Gene consulted for the White House. In 1972, he founded the International Management and Development Institute, a non-profit educational group that provided a bridge between business and government, which he ran until his retirement. Retirement afforded him time to perfect his swing dancing, wind surfing, and long-distance running: He completed his first marathon, the Marine Corps, at age 65. His signature gifts were his laughter - once you've heard it you never forget it - and his certainty that life should be lived with gusto. His response to the question, "How are you, Gene?" was invariably: "Perfect, never better." Right up to his final day.
Gene Bradley is survived by his wife, Nancy Weyl Bradley, as well as his former wife, Mary Ann Bradley, his children David Bradley and Barbara Bradley Hagerty, and by grandsons Spencer, Carter and Adam Bradley. The family will hold a private memorial service this week.


Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 11, 2012
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