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G Bradford

G. Eric Bradford of Davis died of heart failure on July 29, 2007 in a Sacramento hospital. He was 77. Eric was born on November 2, 1929 near Kingsey, Quebec, Canada. He attended local public schools and graduated high school at age 16, the only boy in a class of eight. Erics interest in animal agriculture began while growing up on a small, mixed farm in Quebec and was developed with his B.S. (1951) in Agriculture from Macdonald College of McGill University.

Married to Elizabeth Engelke of Madison, WI since 1954, Eric has been a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. As the first in his family to pursue higher education, he valued education and supported all family members in this pursuit throughout their lives. He demonstrated his values to family and colleagues alike by living a life of integrity, responsibility, and compassion. He believed in scientific inquiry to pursue knowledge and truth. Eric was well-read, loved music and his garden. He enjoyed travel, both with his wife and children to places of natural beauty, and professionally to countries around the globe. Eric spent many happy times at an Echo Summit cabin shared with family friends, and at Glennan House, an idyllic retreat on the Redwood Coast he and Elizabeth designed and built.

After earning M.S. (1952) and Ph.D. (1956) degrees in Genetics and Animal Husbandry from the University of Wisconsin, Eric joined the McGill University faculty and then was recruited to UC Davis in 1957. At Davis, Dr. Bradford taught undergraduate courses in Animal Science and served as major professor for 11 Ph.D. and 14 M.S. students from 12 different countries. Dr. Bradfords research spanned reproduction and growth in livestock and laboratory mice; sheep breeding; animal genetic resources conservation, and international agriculture, including projects in Kenya, Indonesia and Morocco.

Dr. Bradford was a valued member of professional societies and received numerous honors and awards. He served two terms as chair of his department and leaves behind many students, staff and faculty who will miss his counsel and consideration. After retirement (1993), he remained very active in academic pursuits as an Emeritus Professor. He served on the Board and two years as President of International House - Davis. His conviction of the value of animal agriculture to society underlay his passion for the concepts of agricultural sustainability. He chaired an international task force on Animal Agriculture and the Global Food Supply, and two committees that helped birth the new UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute. In May 2007 Professor Bradfords contributions and service to UC Davis were recognized with family, friends and colleagues at the dedication of the Bradford Conference Room in Meyer Hall.

Eric Bradford is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Bradford of Davis; daughter Anne (Harry) Harris of Madison, WI; son Ken (Pat) Bradford of Davis; daughter Margaret Aumann of Davis; daughter Ellen (Phil) Javete of Pleasant Hill, CA; sisters Hazel Elliott of Hanover, Ontario, and Amy Bessey of St. George, New Brunswick; grandchildren Alexander, Benjamin, Peter, Emily, Payton, and Fiona; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Don Aumann.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 3, 2007 at 4:00 PM at Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, with a reception to follow in the churchs Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that those wishing to remember Eric send a donation to the U.C. D. Department of Animal Science Memorial Fund, International House - Davis, the Nature Conservancy, or the charity of their choice.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of the Wiscombes Davis Funeral Chapel (530/758-5500). For those who would like to sign a guestbook online, go to www.wiscombefuneral.com.

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Dear Elizabeth, deeply impressed after hearing about Eric's death we send you our condolence to help console you and your family in this difficult moment. I am grateful to have had the privilege of studying under his guidance and discovered in him such a great person. During my last 30 years serving at the Universidad de Chile I had the opportunity to transmit my students many aspects I learned from him and the result is a great satisfaction. Since the first day we met, it was so easy to feel sympathy and confidence to both of you, we really felt protected and never as strangers.Thanks again for the wonderful time we spend at Davis with you. We will allways remember you with love, Edda and Walter von Frey

Walter von Frey Aug 27 2007 12:00 AM

We remember your family praying that you find hope, joy, and peace in the Good News in these days of deep grief. We rejoice in the abundant life Dr. Bradford shared with so many. May all your hearts be encouraged in the promises of Christ's resurrection, and in God's eternal love.

Howard Reed and Larraine Lyter-Reed and Clara Aug 15 2007 12:00 AM

Dear Elizabeth and family: I am very saddened to learn of Ericaas passing. His guidance, wisdom and friendship have been important to me ever since my undergraduate studies at Davis now some decades ago. He indeed will be deeply missed. You all are in my thoughts. Ron Lewis

Ron Lewis Aug 7 2007 12:00 AM

I first learned of Dr. Bradford when I was a graduate student reading about his research. There was something about the writing that told me that he was a visionary scientist. Upon meeting him and feeling befriended by him later in my career, I realized that the visionary scientist was only part of the legacy of this great man. He was also a kind man who sought to improve the lives of those around him.

David Buchanan Aug 7 2007 12:00 AM

Dear Elizabeth and family: Please accept our sympathy for the loss of Eric, a dear friend and classmate. Wish we were closer to Davis to be able to express our warmest feelings in person.

Agnes and Pierre Jutras Aug 7 2007 12:00 AM

We are saddened by this news and send our love & prayers to Elizabeth and the family...........

JIM & GINGER ELINGS Aug 4 2007 12:00 AM

My dear Lyss, I just learned of Eric's death and I want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You and Eric have such happy memories, I pray you will find comfort in those memories. Eric was an instrumental and prominent figure in the Davis and UCD community I know he will be really missed. Love, Susan

Susan Hayward Aug 4 2007 12:00 AM

Dear Aunt Lyss and Family, We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Eric. He was a wonderful man and you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you strength through this tough time. Love, Eric, Karen, Kirsten and Cameron

Karen and Eric Engelke Aug 4 2007 12:00 AM

Anne and family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of a great man and loved family member. I never had the privilege of meeting him, but from his description in the obituary, he sounds like a wonderful person who touched the lives of many people. The world is a better place to have had him here to contribute to the university, to his community and to his family. My thoughts are with you..... Sincerely, Susan Heighway

Susan M. Heighway Aug 3 2007 12:00 AM

Our very best wishes

Betty and Graham Gall Aug 3 2007 12:00 AM

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