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Douglas Wilson Bradbury
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Birth: May 9, 1919
Oconee County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 2012
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA

ATLANTA - Professor Douglas Wilson Bradbury, 93, departed this earthly life on August 12, 2012 at Northside Hospital, following a brief illness. Born in Seneca, South Carolina on May 9, 1919, he was the son of the late Horace W. Bradbury and Kate L. Bradbury of Seneca. On June 10, 1958, he married Ruby Nell Settles, also of Seneca. They were blessed with one child, Helen Anne. He was, during his years in Clemson, a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and taught the Harold Cole Adult Sunday School Class for over 30 years. Professor Bradbury served his country in WWII as a First Lieutenant in the US Army, 4th Infantry Division. He went ashore at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and received the Bronze Star Medal for his valor in battle. He continued to serve in the US Army Reserve after the war, attaining the rank of major. Douglas is a graduate of Clemson University, BSME, class of 1940. He was awarded a MSME from the University of Michigan in 1959 and also pursued post-graduate study at MIT, Yale, Dartmouth, and Oklahoma State University. He taught machine design, drawing, safety engineering, and related subjects in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson for 45 years, retiring as Alumni Professor Emeritus in 1985. During his career as a teacher, he was named Sesquicentennial Professor by the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, where he was an adjunct professor, for his work in developing surgical implements and medical devices. He was also named Clemson University Alumni Master Teacher, and served as University Marshal at Commencement. Douglas worked with Shriner's Hospital for Children in pursuing sixteen different projects to meet their needs. He developed two required undergraduate courses, ME 201 (Foundations of Engineering Design) and ME 402 (Internship in Engineering Design). These were pioneering efforts in 1972 as Clemson became one of the very few universities offering courses that emphasized innovative design. Professor Bradbury also served as an engineering consultant in court cases, and designed over 250 residences, 14 churches, 4 schools, and 11 commercial buildings, including the Tribble Center in Seneca South Carolina. After his many fruitful years at Clemson, Professor Bradbury retired briefly, and then began a career as a forensic engineer, using his background in safety engineering. He served as an expert witness in numerous court cases in the Carolinas and Georgia, and around the country. He retired from his "second career" in 2006 at the age of 87. A resident of Upstate South Carolina all of his life, Douglas moved to Atlanta, GA with his wife Ruby in 2008 to be near their daughter, Anne. They resided at Plantation South Assisted Living, Dunwoody, until his death. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruby S. Bradbury of Dunwoody, GA, and their daughter, Anne Bradbury of Atlanta, GA, plus several nieces, nephews, and many relatives. Memorial services will be as follows: Atlanta GA--Oct. 11th 2012, Dan Keels Memorial Chapel, Northside Hospital Atlanta. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2 pm, at the chapel, with service immediately following at 2 pm. Clemson, SC--Oct. 13th, 2012, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson, 226 Pendleton Road, Clemson, South Carolina. Services begin at 2 pm, and the family will receive friends at the church at 3, immediately following the service. At 3:45, all are invited to join as we proceed to the University campus for burial at Woodland Cemetery ("Cemetery Hill") at 4pm, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clemson University Class of 1940 Golden Anniversary Endowment in Memory of Douglas W. Bradbury to support the Bradbury Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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  Kate Lumpkin Bradbury (1898 - 1976)
Woodland Cemetery
Pickens County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Peggy
Record added: Oct 31, 2012
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