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Daryl Wood Bradley


1955 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Daryl Wood Bradley Obituary
January 19, 1955 - September 3, 2017 Our beloved Daryl, our Rock and Hero, passed away peacefully and with a most beautiful countenance in his Ladera Heights home on September 3 after a brief but valiant battle with pneumonia and lung disease. Strong-willed, extremely intelligent and well-read, refusing to bend to artificial convention or pretense, and possessing a deeply stalwart moral compass, he was respected by family, colleagues, friends and acquaintances alike. Daryl was a seeker of truth, a lay cosmologist, tenacious in always asking "Why?" "How" and "What does that mean?" He would explore and challenge conventional attitudes about daily life experiences and events through the lens of the laws of physics and nature. He also possessed a genuine compassion and authentic sense of justice for his fellow human beings, those in need, and the planet on which we human beings thrive. He was a good and honorable man and never took any good fortune for granted. Daryl was graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he met fellow student and loving wife-to-be, Hortense, nee Callahan, and received his BS in Electrical Engineering. He was awarded membership in Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society. He also worked at McGraw Edison and Argonne National Laboratory before attending UCLA where he received his Master's degree in Quantum Electronics. Daryl continued to hone his engineering expertise with post-graduate studies. During his 30-year career beginning at Hughes Aircraft Company, which later was acquired by General Motor and then Raytheon Company, he received countless excellence and achievement awards, including nomination for the Black Engineer of the Year Award presented by Mobil Corporation, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and US Black Engineer Magazine. Daryl Wood Bradley was born to Abner M. Bradley, now deceased, and Edna M. Bradley on January 19, 1955 in Glasgow, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Hortense Bradley; sons, Byron and Derrick Bradley; mother, Edna Bradley; brother, Randal Bradley; sister, Mavis G. Bradley; two nieces, Shalaya and Dana Bradley; and a host of cousins and other relatives. Funeral services were held September 12 at Brooks Funeral Home, www.brooksfuneralhomeky.com, in Munfordville, Kentucky; a Mass will be said for Daryl at 11 a.m. October 22, followed by a repast, at St. Jerome Church, 5550 Thornburn St., Westchester. Daryl diligently labored to provide for his family and instill in his sons the deepest respect for the value and power of receiving an excellent education. His loving family misses and loves him more than anyone can know.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 8, 2017
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