over Thunder Bay, Adak. Watercolor on paper.
Bradley (1911-2002) grew up in Madison, the son of UW-Madison
Professor Harold C. Bradley and Mary Josephine Crane. His childhood
was rich and diverse, from trips to China with his ambassador
grandfather, to summers and winters outdoors, sailing, hiking
and skiing, to a year spent on a Montana ranch.
He received a Bachelors degree at UW-Madison in Geology in 1935,
and proceeded to become a skilled photographer at the White School
of Photography in New York.
During World War II he was an instrumental part of the North Pacific
Combat School in the Aleutian Islands. At the end of his life,
he would chronicle the war years adventures in his book Aleutian
Echoes, illustrated with his watercolor and oil paintings
and masterful color photographs.
After the war, he returned to UW-Madison for graduate degrees
(in Geology), M.S. in 1947 and Ph.D. in 1950. He was the foundation
of the Montana State College geology department, and was loved
by the students for his personal style of teaching.
His research expanded to include snow and avalanches, as well
as groundwater studies. He was concerned about human impact on
the environment, spoke out publicly for conservation, and was
a founder of the Montana Wilderness Association.
He retired from teaching and administration in 1976, moving to
Baraboo Wisconsin with his second wife Nina Leopold (his first
wife Maynie died in 1969), to become active in environmental research
and education at the Leopold Memorial Reserve there. He began
to write articles for the popular press on the outdoors, ecology
and environment, and his own personal interactions with Aldo Leopold.
In 1988, he and Nina Leopold Bradley were honored for their work
with a joint Doctor of Environmental Studies award from UW-Madison.
In 2000 Charles received a Distinguished Alumni award from the
Department of Geology and Geophysics. He died in 2002.
Thanks to the Bradley family for their support and for their generous
loan of the personal papers of Charles Bradley, to the Denver
Public Library Archives, the C.K. Leith Geology Library, to Randall
Berndt at the Wisconsin Academy of Scieces Arts and Letters, and
to the University of Wisconsin Department of Geology and Geophysics.
—Mary Diman (608-262-5358) and John