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Badger, Daniel
Daniel Bradford Badger, 97, died peacefully in his sleep on the night of December 20, 2012. Mr. Badger, known as Dan, was born on August 29, 1915 in Cambridge MA, and lived most of his life in Greenwich from 1930, when his family moved here from France. Dan's father, Paul B. Badger, worked for the Vacuum Oil Co. (later Mobil Oil Corp) in Paris from 1919 to 1930. During this time, Dan attended l'Ecole Alsacienne in Paris, and l'Ecole du Rosey in Switzerland. On the family's return to Greenwich, Dan entered Phillips Academy, Andover, graduating in the class of 1933, and went on to Yale where he graduated in the class of 1937. In 1940, Dan graduated from the Yale Law School. One week after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dan interrupted his law practice in New York to enlist in the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC). He was stationed in New York for two years, during which time met his wife, the late Mariette Arguimbau Badger, and they were married in September 1942. In December 1943 Dan was ordered to London to prepare for the invasion of Normandy. As a member of the US Army VIIth Corps CIC detachment, he landed on D-Day at Utah Beach, and then went on with the VIIth Corps for the capture of Cherbourg, the liberation of Paris, and the CIC operations in Liege and the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium; Aachen and Cologne, Germany; and ended up in Leipzig, Germany where he celebrated V-E Day. In 1997, Dan published a detailed account of his war experience in his "Memoirs of World War II."After the war, Dan settled with his wife and 2-year-old son Vincent in Hartford, CT where he practiced law with the firm of Robinson, Robinson, and Cole. In 1949, he was invited to return to Greenwich to join the new law firm of Pullman, Conley, Marshall and Parker, which later became Parker, Badger and Fisher, and then Badger, Fisher, Cohen and Barnett. Dan retired from active practice in 1993, but for several years remained "of counsel" with the New York law firm, Whitman and Ransom. Throughout his years in Greenwich, Dan served the town in many capacities. Early on, Dan served on the boards of the Greenwich Boy Scouts, the Greenwich Library, and the Greenwich Red Cross. Later he served a three-year term on the Greenwich Board of Education. He was a charter member of the newly formed Conservation Commission, of which he served as the first chairman. During his tenure, the Commission was instrumental in saving the Cos Cob Mill Pond and in the town's acquisition of Great Captain's Island, the Babcock Preserve on North Street, and the Goodbody Property (the Mianus River Natural Park) on Cognewaugh Rd. In 1976, Dan was a founding member of the Greenwich Land Trust. He served on the vestry and as Parish Counsel for Christ Church for several years. Dan is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Mariette, and his daughter, Starr Badger Shippee. He is survived by his sons Vincent Mills of Newburyport, MA, and Daniel Bradford Jr. of London; his daughter, Diana Badger of Sebastopol, CA; and his brother, Carlton M. Badger of Prescott, AZ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greenwich Land Trust, 132 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church, Greenwich, at 2PM on January 12, 2012.

Published in GreenwichTime on Dec. 28, 2012
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