(1924 - 2008)
After a wonderful life, including incredible precedent-setting legal and charitable work in Nevada, Bud Bradley died in January 2008. He was almost 84 years old. Mr. Bradley attended Stanford University until his duty to serve his country compelled him to join the United States Navy Air Corps as a pilot and flight instructor in World War II. Upon his return to Nevada after the war, he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, and went on to obtain a law degree at George Washington University Law School. While first specializing in water rights law, Mr. Bradley expanded his law firm to specialize in birth injuries, wrongful death, defective and dangerous products, premises liability, air crash litigation, boating accidents, automobile and trucking collisions, dangerous highways, nursing home negligence, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, civil rights violations, wrongful termination, and negligent security. He was an original trustee of the Reno Air Racing Association and the philanthropic organization, the E.L. Cord Foundation, which has distributed millions of dollars to charitable groups in northern Nevada. Mr. Bradley was honored for his civic leadership, particularly in education, when the University of Nevada, Reno, presented him with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in May 1993. Upon his death, Bud Bradley was recognized by the State of Nevada as an extremely accomplished lawyer who continually worked to improve the communities of northern Nevada, as a role model in civic leadership and philanthropy, and as a true friend to Nevada.